Saturday, December 31, 2016

Portland Public Library to host Race and Justice in America book discussion series with the Maine Humanities Council

Portland Public Library to host Race and Justice in America book discussion series 
with the Maine Humanities Council
January 23rd through April 10th 2017

Portland, Maine - Portland Public Library has been selected by the Maine Humanities Council to offer Race and Justice in America, a free 5-book reading and discussion group with all copies of books available through the library. This "Let's Talk About It" program is provided by the Maine Humanities Council’s Maine Center for the Book in cooperation with the Maine State Library.

The first discussion in the Race and Justice in America series begins at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23 at Portland Public Library, Meeting Room 5, in Portland. The series will continue for four other sessions through April 10, 2017.

Books to be read and discussed in this series include: The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward; Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, by Bryan Stevenson; The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the L.A. Riots, by Brenda Stevenson; Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching that Launched 100 Years of Federalism, by Mark Curriden and Leroy Phillips, and Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age, by Kevin Boyle.

The book discussions will be facilitated by Dr. Leroy Rowe, Assistant Professor of African-American History & Politics at USM.

Books for the program are available for loan at the Reader's Advisory desk of the library. Please call the library at 871-1700 ext. 705 to register and come in to pick up books from the series.
This program is offered to Maine libraries through the Maine Humanities Council in partnership with the Maine State Library.

For more information about “Let’s Talk About It” and the work of the Maine Humanities Council, see www.mainehumanities.org or call the office in Portland at 207-773-5051

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