Illuminating History Book Discussion Group: Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You
The Illuminating History project shines a light on the early history of slavery and resilience in our local Charlestown landscape. This is not a buried or erased history, just one we have failed to fully realize and acknowledge. Its markings and consequences are clearly visible all around us in our landscape and society. Our project hopes to encourage others to see and decipher this history by combining the multiple perspectives and resources of a public library, a historical society, artists, scholars, and citizen historians. Only by understanding how the past has affected the present can we better shape our future.
The Cross’ Mills Public Library, Charlestown Historical Society, and artist Ana Flores, launched the Illuminating History project in the winter of 2020 with an art exhibit, film discussion, and three historical presentations. The series received overwhelming local interest. We’re continuing the project with the creation of a website documenting past and future Illuminating History endeavors.
And for our first event in almost a year, we are launching our next public engagement, a virtual Book Discussion Group, which will focus on books pertaining to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Our first book will be the Read Across Rhode Island selection for this year, Stamped : racism, antiracism, and you by Jason Reynolds; adapted from Stamped from the beginning by Ibram X. Kendi. Books are available for pick up at the library thanks to the RI Center for the Book. We are excited to see you again and to continue these important community events and conversations.
The discussion will take place via Zoom.