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Big Read 2022: "Beloved": Coastal Georgia Events

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Event schedules and free copies of the book Beloved by Toni Morrison are available at Gould Library, the Camden Center Library, and at public libraries throughout our community. 

Coastal Georgia Faculty & Guest Lecturers

February 2

Racism in American Institutions -- a lecture by Dr. Roscoe Scarborough of College of Coastal Georgia •  5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022, at the Casino Building, Room 108, St. Simons Island

February 9

Film -- Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am • 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, at Stembler Theatre, College of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick

February 10

Slave Resistance, Protest, and Revolt -a lecture by Dr. Hector Montford of College of Coastal Georgia • 6-7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, at Brunswick-Glynn County Library, 208 Gloucester St., Brunswick

February 22

Film -- Beloved starring Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Kimberly Elise, and Thandiwe Newton • 7-10 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at Stembler Theatre, College of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick

February 23

The Strength of the Black Family -a lecture by Dr. Daniel Black of Clark Atlanta University • 2-3 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, at Stembler Theatre, College of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick

February 24

124 in Beloved and More: Haunted Houses in American Literature -a lecture by Dr. Jon Hershey of Georgia Highlands College • 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, at Stembler Theatre, College of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick

March 2

Coping to Survive: A Psychological Perspective -a lecture by  Dr. Aurora Ramos Nuñez of College of Coastal Georgia • 5:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 2, 2022, at the Casino Building, Room 108, St. Simons Island

March 8

Banning Beloved: Politics, Literature, and Censorship -a lecture by  Dr. Nicole Pankiewicz of College of Coastal Georgia • 6-7 p.m., Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at Brunswick-Glynn County Library, 208 Gloucester St., Brunswick

March 24

Using Funeral Programs to Inform Genealogy Research -a lecture by Renate Yarborough Sanders • 6-7 p.m., Thursday, March 24, 2022. Register in advance to receive the link for this virtual program. Presented by College of Coastal Georgia Library.

 

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About the Books

Big Read

Beloved is the story of Sethe, a formerly enslaved woman who is living in post-Civil War Ohio with her daughter, Denver. Sethe is haunted by the ghost of her baby girl whom she killed years earlier while running from bounty hunters attempting to return her and her children to their enslavers. Beloved won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1988. It is based on the true tragic story of Margaret Garner, a woman who was enslaved in Kentucky and escaped with her children to Ohio in 1856.

Middle Read

On March 2 and 3, 1859, the largest auction of enslaved people in American history took place in Savannah, Georgia. More than 400 human beings who were enslaved by the Butler family on plantations in Glynn and McIntosh counties were sold, tearing apart families. Julius Lester has taken a little-known, all-true event in American history and transformed it into a heartbreaking and powerfully dramatic epic on slavery, and the struggle to affirm humanity in the midst of it.

Little Read

Cassie, who flew above New York in Faith Ringgold's Tar Beach, soars into the sky once more in Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky. This time, Cassie and her brother, Be Be, meet a train full of people, and Be Be joins them. But the train departs before Cassie can climb aboard. With Harriet Tubman as her guide, Cassie retraces the steps of enslaved people who escaped on the real Underground Railroad and is finally reunited with her brother at the story's end.