We're kicking of a monthly Book Club and in honor of Black History Month the selection for February will be The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story created by Nikole Hannah-Jones. The book is based on the limited series published by The New York Times and "expands on that work, weaving together eighteen essays that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America with thirty-six poems and works of fiction that illuminate key moments of oppression, struggle, and resistance. The essays show how the inheritance of 1619 reaches into every part of contemporary American society, from politics, music, diet, traffic, and citizenship to capitalism, religion, and our democracy itself." - Penguin Random House
The 1619 Project spurred the TN GOP to pass the "Divisive Concepts" bill in 2021 and led Marsha Blackburn to file a bill that would prevent schools that use it in their curriculum from receiving federal funding.
If you would like to join the book club, RSVP below or send an email to [email protected] to receive the Zoom link. We will discuss the preface and first 2 chapters at this meeting.