African American literature provides multiple perspectives with which to view American history, from slavery in the antebellum period to the post-civil rights era of the latter twentieth century. In distinct ways, authors explore the role of African Americans in the creation of an American culture even as they tell of the inhumanity of slavery, the trials of emancipation, unjust Jim Crow laws, senseless segregation, and violence in response to the civil rights movement. The books that will be discussed as part of The African American Experience: Looking Forward, Looking Back highlight the ways that African American culture has been interwoven into the social, political, intellectual, and artistic fabric of America and provide an opportunity to engage the community in ongoing dialogue that relates to the Gantt Center’s America I AM: The African American Imprint exhibition. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library at Beatties Ford Road will loan the selected books to registered participants.

Let’s Talk About It is a bi-weekly reading and discussion series funded by the North Carolina Humanities Council that brings scholars and community members together to explore how the selected books illuminate a particular theme. The program begins at the Gantt Center on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm) and runs every other Monday evening through November 5, 2012, at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library on Beatties Ford Road (2412 Beatties Ford Road, Charlotte, NC 28216) from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.


Date: Tuesday, September 11

Time: 5:30pm

Place: Harvey B. Gantt Center African -American Arts & Culture (551 S. Tryon)

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