Cleveland Public Library and WOIO are hosting a Next 400 Roundtable discussion about lived experiences at the intersections of the African American and LGBTQ+ Identity.
Moderator: Chris Tanaka, Channel 19 News
Jasmine Burnett: National organizer, writer and strategist
Avery Ware: Writer, educator, and speaker. Cleveland Branch NAACP
Thursday, June 10 | 7:30PM
YouTube and Facebook Live
These recommended reads are in partnership with Cleveland 19’s The Next 400 series
Mr. Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo
Barrington Jedidiah Walker is seventy-four and leads a double life. Born and bred in Antigua, he’s lived in Hackney, London, for years. A flamboyant, wisecracking character with a dapper taste in retro suits, and a fondness for Shakespeare, Barrington is a husband, father, grandfather—and also secretly gay lovers with his childhood friend, Morris.
Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
“Mountain,” Baldwin said, “is the book I had to write if I was ever going to write anything else.” Go Tell It On The Mountain, first published in 1953, is Baldwin’s first major work, a novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin’s rendering of his protagonist’s spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves.
All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
From one of the world’s leading experts on unconscious racial bias come stories, science, and strategies to address one of the central controversies of our time
How We Fight for Our Lives by Saeed Jones
The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.