How did we get here? And where are we going? This summer, Folio presents a new series of book discussions exploring the history of racism in the United States through literature. The 400 Years of Racism series, led by Folio librarian Lillian Dabney, will feature a curated selection of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Discussions are hosted online and offered on the first Tuesday of every month.

This program is made possible in part, by a grant from 4Culture


Tue, Oct 06
Online Event via Zoom
400 Year of Racism: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
A stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status—denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement.
Tue, Nov 03
Online Event via Zoom
400 Year of Racism: The Fire This Time by Jesmyn Ward
In this bestselling, widely lauded collection, Jesmyn Ward gathers our most original thinkers and writers to speak on contemporary racism and race, including Carol Anderson, Jericho Brown, Edwidge Danticat, Kevin Young, Claudia Rankine, and Honoree Jeffers.
Tue, Dec 01
Online Event via Zoom
400 Year of Racism: Citizen By Claudia Rankine
This month we discuss Citizen, Claudia Rankine's bold new book recounts mounting racial aggressions in ongoing encounters in twenty-first-century daily life and in the media.

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