Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Book Bridge Project and "The House at Sugar Beach"

Two years ago I inherited a project at the college where I teach. The brainchild of my former colleague, Mary Brown, the project is a precursor to many state, county, city, and library programs that attempt to bridge the literacy gap in the community by selecting a book for an entire community to read.  The project at my college is "The Book Bridge Project."

This academic year we will be reading The House at Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper.  This is an intriguing story that connects those Africans who left the United States for Liberia with their most recent trials and tribulations during and following the last coup in Liberia.  Cooper's memoir is of a girl and woman of the privileged class; however, it will help some U.S. Africans understand the tensions inherent between former enslaved and free U.S. Africans returning to the continent and indigenous Africans.

Tune in to this blog or go to Book Bridge Book Bridge on Facebook for a list of events this fall.

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