- Date: February 10th
- Time: 9:30am
- Location: Library Quiet Room
Friday Morning Book Talk
Friday Morning Book Talk is a book group sponsored by the Port Washington Adult Community Senior Center. The group meets on the second Friday of the month in the Quiet Room (upper floor) at the W.J. Niederkorn Library.
The featured book for September is the nonfiction book, How the Word is Passed, by Clint Smith. Ask for a copy at the Check-out Desk. No registration is required to attend. All ages of adults are welcome!
Beginning in his hometown of New Orleans, Clint Smith leads the reader on an unforgettable tour of monuments and landmarks—those that are honest about the past and those that are not—that offer an intergenerational story of how slavery has been central in shaping our nation’s collective history, and ourselves.
It is the story of the Monticello Plantation in Virginia, the estate where Thomas Jefferson wrote letters espousing the urgent need for liberty while enslaving more than four hundred people. It is the story of the Whitney Plantation, one of the only former plantations devoted to preserving the experience of the enslaved people whose lives and work sustained it. It is the story of Angola, a former plantation-turned-maximum-security prison in Louisiana that is filled with Black men who work across the 18,000-acre land for virtually no pay. And it is the story of Blandford Cemetery, the final resting place of tens of thousands of Confederate soldiers.
A deeply researched and transporting exploration of the legacy of slavery and its imprint on centuries of American history, How the Word Is Passed illustrates how some of our country’s most essential stories are hidden in plain view—whether in places we might drive by on our way to work, holidays such as Juneteenth, or entire neighborhoods like downtown Manhattan, where the brutal history of the trade in enslaved men, women, and children has been deeply imprinted.
Questions about this program? Contact the Port Washington Adult Community Senior Center at 262-284-5821.