up on it
free public discussions of the book "Having Our Say" will
of African-American History," with Chico Herbison, professor
of African and African-American studies at Kansas University,
7 p.m. Feb. 8, Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
Faith," with the Rev. Leo Barbee and the Rev. George Wiley,
7 p.m. Feb. 12, Victory Bible Church, 1942 Mass.
Health," with nutritionist Nancy O'Connor and yoga instructor
Emma Estrada, 7 p.m. Feb. 15, Lawrence High School, 1901
Stories/Oral History," with Tom Lewin, KU professor of
history, 7 p.m. Feb. 19, Brandon Woods Retirement Community,
1501 Inverness Drive.
Women - Achievement Against the Odds," with Dorthy
Pennington, KU professor of communication studies, 7 p.m.
Feb. 26, Watkins Community Museum of History, 1047 Mass.
forum, with author Amy Hill Hearth, 7 p.m. March 1, South
Junior High School, 2734 La.
and A. Elizabeth Delaney — known as Sadie and Bessie — were black
sisters who lived side by side their entire lives, which spanned
more than 100 years apiece.
their 1993 memoir, "Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First
100 Years," written by Amy Hill Hearth, the sisters introduce
readers to the post-Reconstruction South and black leader Booker
T. Washington; Harlem's Golden Age and Lawrence resident/poet
Langston Hughes; black nationalist W.E.B. Dubois; and activist
breaks barriers to become a dentist, while Sadie integrates the
New York City school system as a high school teacher.
Our Say," which stayed on the New York Times best-seller list
for 105 weeks, is the book chosen for all of Lawrence to read
as the centerpiece of this year's community literacy project.
project, "Read Across Lawrence," is sponsored by Adventures in
Imagination, a partnership of Firstar Bank, the Lied Center and
the Lawrence public schools.
goal of the project is to encourage as many Lawrence residents
as possible to read the same book, then get together with friends
and family to discuss it.
part of Read Across Lawrence, there will be several book discussion
events to talk about different issues raised by "Having Our Say."
The events will be free and open to the public. You can attend
even if you haven't finished the book.
will make several appearances in Lawrence later this month.
of copies of "Having Our Say," purchased by Firstar Bank, are
in circulation around town. There also are copies available at
the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
idea is to get people of all ages — from 9 to 90 — in Lawrence
to read the same book," says Dani Lotton Barker, a gifted education
consultant at Lawrence High School who helped plan Read Across
McDaniel, a 17-year-old LHS senior, recently read "Having Our
really enjoyed it. It was a new perspective on a lot of issues.
The sisters had really gone through a lot. They'd seen a lot of
changes in their time," Corrie says. "I think the (Read Across
Lawrence) project is a great idea. It gives people a common opportunity
to meet and talk about the book and issues it raises."
is planning to hear Hearth speak about the book when she visits
read the book by Avi, 'Nothing But the Truth,' that we did for
the (community literacy) project last year, then I went and heard
him speak. It was definitely interesting," she says.
Budde, who teaches political science and economics courses at
LHS, has formed a book club for students there.
read one book each month and then get together to discuss it.
For February — Black History Month — the club will read "Having
plan to attend some of the community book discussions, and when
Hearth visits LHS on Feb. 28, they'll join her for lunch and to
talk about "Having Our Say."
March 1, Hearth will visit Free State High School, where she'll
meet with students and be an artist-in-residence for a day.
OF A BOOK CLUB at Lawrence High School will be joining
the "Read Across Lawrence" project when they
read the book "Having Our Say," a memoir about
the lives of two black sisters. Front row, from left,
are Becky Wenger, Lindsey Rhoton, Justine Bowlin and Lisa
Dixon. Back row, from left, are Tava Bowers, Ashley Bechard,
Ashley Knight and Katie Boogher.
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