Tue, May 09|
Wright Memorial Public Library
"On Juneteenth" Book Discussion with Wright Memorial Public Library
Join Wright Library and the Oakwood Inclusion Coalition to discuss On Juneteenth by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed. This slim 150-page volume recounts the sweeping story of Juneteenth’s integral importance to American history.
Time & Location
May 09, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Wright Memorial Public Library, 1776 Far Hills Ave, Oakwood, OH 45419, USA
About the Event
Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, Annette Gordon-Reed’s On Juneteenth provides a historian’s view of the country’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond. All too aware of the stories of cowboys, ranchers, and oilmen that have long dominated the lore of the Lone Star State, Gordon-Reed―herself a Texas native and the descendant of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s―forges a new and profoundly truthful narrative of her home state, with implications for us all.