Authors @ Your Library: February 2012

St. Louis, MO... The St. Louis Public Library is proud to celebrate Black History Month 2012 with authors who embody this year’s theme, “Black Women in American History and Culture.” Featured events include a keynote address by Angela Davis, plus programs by Dr. Priscilla Dowden-White, Linda Porter-Harrison, and Jamala Rogers. All events are FREE and open to the public.

*   Dr. Priscilla Dowden-White, associate professor of history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, hosts a panel discussion and discusses and signs Groping Toward Democracy. The event takes place at the Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., on February 2 at 6 p.m.

She is joined by Jamala Rogers of the St. Louis American, Kathleen Hudson of America Scores St. Louis, Joyce Southerland-Wade of CJT Consulting LLC, and Paula M. Hughes of the National Black MBA Association-St. Louis to discuss the contributions of black women to American history and culture.

Books available for purchase courtesy of the author.


*   Jamala Rogers discusses and signs her book, The Best of “The Way I See It” and Other Political Writings (1989-2010) during programs at two Library locations. The first event takes place at the Schlafly Branch, 225 N. Euclid Ave., on February 4 at 3 p.m. The second will be held at the Carpenter Branch, 3309 S. Grand Blvd., on February 7 at 6 p.m.

More than a compilation of Rogers’ selected political writings over the last two decades, the book is a logical, sometimes tender, often horrific look at life in the black community. It lifts up the burning social and political issues of the day and offers insights and solutions.

Books available for purchase courtesy of the author.

*   Linda Porter-Harrison discusses and signs her book, Think Like a Man… And Here’s a Thought… Start Acting Like a Man. The program takes place at the Julia Davis Branch, 4415 Natural Bridge Ave., on February 18 at 2 p.m.

The book provides a love-and-relationships angle on the current role of men in relation to African-American women, from the women’s point of view. She will discuss the 25 mistakes that prevent men from finding and keeping true love.

Books available for purchase courtesy of the author.

*   Social equality activist, author, and professor Angela Davis caps off the Library’s Black History Month celebration by delivering the Black History Month Keynote Address. The event takes place at Christ Church Cathedral, 2010 Locust St., on February 26 at 2 p.m. A meet & greet follows. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

FRIENDS members—Call 314-539-0359 for limited reserved seating.

Davis has lectured throughout the world for more than 40 years. Drawing on her well-publicized experiences in the early 1970s, her work’s persistent theme has been the social problems associated with incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She has conducted extensive research on numerous issues related to race, gender, and imprisonment.

Her most recent books include Are Prisons Obsolete? and Abolition Democracy. She is currently completing a book on prisons and American history.

Davis’ teaching career has taken her to San Francisco State University, Mills College, and the University of California-Berkeley. She has also taught at UCLA, Vassar, the Claremont Colleges, and Stanford University. She has spent the last 15 years at the University of California-Santa Cruz.

Books available for purchase courtesy of Amber Books.

For more information, call 314-206-6779.

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