Our African-American Reads – May

Welcome to the first installment of Our African-American Reads. If you’ve read either one of the books, feel free to comment on any of the questions and your experience with the book. My Book: The Blacker the Berry by Wallace Thurman Summary: Emma Lou Morgan is a young black woman who experiences prejudice within herContinue reading “Our African-American Reads – May”

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Roots – Final Discussion

Welcome to the final week of our Roots discussion, Ch 101 to the end. The book progresses quickly until we find the author, Alex Haley, telling the story. Check out our conversation below. Shell: Let’s discuss the major events as they happened in this part of the book.  I’d like to start with George approachingContinue reading “Roots – Final Discussion”

Roots Discussion Post – Week 5

This week we’re discussing Ch 81-100, Kizzy is sold away from her parents and life as she’s known it changes completely. Kunta’s worst fear was that his daughter become a field hand. Forever separated from her parents, we follow her life on the plantation of a poor white master, Master Lea, who is nothing likeContinue reading “Roots Discussion Post – Week 5”

Roots Discussion Post – Week 4

In Ch 61-80, Kunta gets married, has a daughter and names her the same way his father named him over 40 years ago. Kunta learns still more about life as a slave and Bell asks him something he hadn’t thought about in years, about running away. We examine relationships and also watch the Fiddler’s heartContinue reading “Roots Discussion Post – Week 4”

Roots by Alex Haley – Discussion Post – Week 3

This week’s reading of Ch 41-60 was about the change in Kunta’s identity from a once free man to a different man, as a Slave. I thought about how slavery steals more than just a person’s freedom. “And the main thing he wanted him to understand was why he refused to surrender his name orContinue reading “Roots by Alex Haley – Discussion Post – Week 3”