Professor Hasan Jeffries discusses his book Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt. We talk about what made this rural Alabama […]
The 1619 Project is an initiative by The New York Times that re-examines the history, and lasting influence, of American slavery on our society.
Join us the second Thursday of each month as we continue to discuss how the legacy of slavery remains the dominant factor of American political, cultural, and social spheres. The library program centers on the articles included in the New York Times Special Sunday Magazine dated August 20, 2019.
Article packets are available for download on this website or on the lobby display at the Lee Road Branch.
Our very own John Piche was interviewed by the Public Library Association’s Public Libraries Online magazine about the success of our 1619 Project program series, which he developed and runs. Read the article.
Unpacking 1619 Podcast
Unpacking 1619 features interviews with scholars from around the country in which we unpack topics relating to the 1619 Project and race in America. Hosted by Adult Services Librarian John Piche.
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A New Origin Story Part 7: Slavery, Police, and Self-Defense
Please Note: The 1619 Project Discussion Group is now offering two ways to attend the discussion: in person and via Zoom. The same article packet will be discussed at both sessions. You can choose which group best fits your comfort and need. We are looking forward to seeing you—in person or online. See below for details.
For the upcoming discussion, we are continuing our chapter-by-chapter reading of The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, edited by Nikole Hannah-Jones. The reading packet includes the chapters “Self-Defense” by Carol Anderson and “Punishment” by Bryan Stevenson. Additional articles include “No, Modern Policing Did Not Originate with Slavery” by Dan McLaughlin from The National Review and “What you need to know about the cost of police misconduct” from The Washington Post. We will also discuss interviews conducted and produced by Heights Libraries about the history of police, the justice system, and slave patrols.
Tuesday, October 11, 2022 on Zoom
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Zoom ID: 823 648 5349
In Person Discussion
Thursday, October 13, 2022 at the Lee Road branch7 – 8:30 p.m.
Professor Barbara Krauthamer discusses her book, Black Slaves, Indian Masters, which examines the role of slavery in the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations. She explores the […]
Professor Pamela Newkirk discusses her book, Diversity Inc.: The Failed Promise of a Billion-Dollar Business. She exposes the decades-old practices and attitudes that have made […]
Professor Newell discusses her book, Brethren by Nature: New England Indians, Colonists, and the Origins of American Slavery, which explores the enslavement of Indians by […]
Why does the United States have so much gun violence and why is it so difficult to overcome? Obviously, there are numerous contributing factors to […]
Professor Bjørn Southard discusses his book, Peculiar Rhetoric: Slavery, Freedom, and the African Colonization Movement. Prof. Southard outlines how the African Colonization Movement hoped to […]
Professor Vida Johnson discusses her 2022 Brooklyn Law Review article, White Supremacy’s Police Siege on the United States Capitol. Professor Johnson details the failures of […]
Professor Fran Shor talks about his book, Weaponized Whiteness which interrogates the meanings and implications of white supremacy and, more specifically, white identity politics from […]
Professor Kathryn Gin Lum discusses her book, Heathen: Religion and Race in American History. Professor Lum begins by explaining the Doctrine of Discovery and how […]
Professor Elizabeth Gillespie McRae discusses her book, Mothers of Massive Resistance. We begin with the shocking history of Virginia’s Racial Integrity Law which sought to […]
Professor Sally Hadden discusses her book, Slave Patrols: Law and Violence in Virgina and the Carolinas. Prof. Hadden explains the origin and purpose of the […]
Professor Daniel Kildride discusses his article, “Cannibals, Gorillas, and the Struggle over Radical Reconstruction.” By examining best selling travel books of explorers and missionaries in […]