Our newest book club will be reading and discussing books focused on Black History. They will meet the first and third Tuesdays each month and spend several meeting on each book choice. Come meet the group, see if it interests you, and help determine future book choices.
The first selection is The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois.
"The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line." Thus speaks W.E.B. Du Bois in The Souls Of Black Folk, one of the most prophetic and influential works in American literature. In this eloquent collection of essays, first published in 1903, Du Bois dares as no one has before to describe the magnitude of American racism and demand an end to it. He draws on his own life for illustration, from his early experiences teaching in the hills of Tennessee to the death of his infant son and his historic break with the conciliatory position of Booker T. Washington.
Far ahead of its time, The Souls Of Black Folk both anticipated and inspired much of the black consciousness and activism of the 1960's and is a classic in the literature of civil rights. The elegance of DuBois's prose and the passion of his message are as crucial today as they were upon the book's first publication."
W.E.B. Du Bois (1868 1963), writer, civil rights activist, scholar, and editor, is one of the most significant intellectuals in American history. A founding member of the NAACP, editor for many years of "The Crisis" and three other journals, and author of seventeen books, his writings, speeches, and public debates brought fundamental changes to American race relations.