Reading Challenge

2019 Black History and Black Author Reading Challenge

Here is an opportunity to respond to one of Dubuque’s serious concerns. A recent poll reports that 68 percent of Dubuquers surveyed believe that diversity is important to our community, and 40 percent said race relations is our biggest challenge. What can you do? Join fellow citizens in learning and conversing about racism in America.

Carnegie-Stout Public Library in conjunction with faces&voices will be co-hosting the Black history Reading Challenge. Each month’s conversation will focus on an important, recent book. The book discussions will take place on the dates indicated below at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library from 3-4 p.m. We invite the public to join us for this educational journey.

February 24
“My Life, My Love, My Legacy”
by Coretta Scott King

The life story of Coretta Scott King – wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change [the King Center], and singular twentieth-century American civil and human rights activist – as told fully for the first time, toward the end of her life, to the Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds.

March 31
“Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification”
by David Waldstreicher

“Was the American Constitution as originally ratified a proslavery document? In this unflinching, deeply intelligent, and persuasive work, the author answers yes. Sure to spark interest and debate, Slavery’s Constitution is an immensely engaging and valuable contribution to the literature on the founding of the American nation.” — Annette Gordon-Reed

April 28
“Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World”
by Katherine Gerbner

Could slaves become Christian? If so, did their conversion lead to freedom? If not, then how could perpetual enslavement be justified?

May 19
“Martin Luther King: The Inconvenient Hero”
by Vincent Harding

In this collection of essays, noted scholar and activist Vincent Harding reflects on the forgotten legacy of Dr. King and the meaning of his life today.

September 29
“The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism”
by Edward E. Baptist

“A myth-busting work that pursues how the world profited from American slavery…” — Kirkus

October 27
“The Promise and the Dream; The Untold Story of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy”
by David Margolick

Assassinated only sixty-two days apart in 1968, King and Kennedy changed the United States forever, and their deaths profoundly altered the country’s trajectory.

November 24
“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption”
by Bryan Stevenson

#1 New York Times bestseller

“Every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird and in some ways more so… a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.”  — The New York Times Review of Books

December 15
“The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations”
by Ira Berlin

Four great migrations frame the history of people of African descent in America, setting the paths by which Africans and then African Americans made and remade black life between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries.