Deepening Our Connections: A 3-Part Series on African American Literature | Part 1

Sunday, June 13, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

In this three-book discussion series, we will seek to deepen our connections to one another by better understanding the perspectives of African Americans through works of literature. We will focus on African American writing from three different periods of time: a slave narrative, a work from the Harlem Renaissance, and a modern work. Story is what connects us, and by hearing about the diverse and often painful experiences of our nation’s Black communities, we can better understand the change that is being called for today in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement. Let’s continue the work that we started by reading Caste, and learn more about the people and experiences that have shaped our country. In partnership with Respond to Racism Lake Oswego.

Join us on Sunday, June 13 at 2 PM for Part 1 of this series, where we will be discussing Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs via Zoom. This virtual program will begin with a presentation on the historical background of the book by Regan Parker. All are welcome!

Registration required in advance.

To help kick off the series, a book giveaway for Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl will be held on the front lawn of the Lake Oswego Library between 10 AM and 1 PM on Saturday, May 15. There will be 200 free copies available to distribute on a first-come, first-serve basis. No library card required. Giveaway sponsored by Regan Parker, the Lake Oswego Public Library, and generous donations from the community. Books sourced from Third Eye Books in Portland.

Series dates:

  • Sunday, June 13, 2-3:30 PM: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  • Sunday, July 18, 2-3:30 PM: Quicksand and Passing by Nella Larsen
  • Sunday, August 15, 2-3:30 PM: Beloved by Toni Morrison

Presenter information: Regan Parker is a mother, lawyer, and author who lives in Lake Oswego. She has a deep passion for racial justice and believes in the power of story to help us understand and connect with one another. She has a degree in Literature and focused much of her work in school on African American Literature.  She will help lead the discussion and provide some historical context for the books in the series. 

Please contact Rachael Hyde, Reference Librarian, at rhyde@lakeoswego.city if you have questions or need assistance registering. We hope to see you there!

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