African American Authors Book Group Meets the Last Thursday of the month.
All Adults Are Welcome
September Title: Moonrise over New Jessup by Jamila Minnicks
Join us for the discussion of this 1950's era historical fiction novel that takes place in one of the many all Black towns that existed at that time. What was the real political and cultural cost of integration for all Black communities.
"It’s 1957, and after leaving the only home she has ever known, Alice Young steps off the bus into all-Black New Jessup, where residents have largely rejected integration as the means for Black social advancement. Instead, they seek to maintain, and fortify, the community they cherish on their “side of the woods.” In this place, Alice falls in love with Raymond Campbell, whose clandestine organizing activities challenge New Jessup’s longstanding status quo and could lead to the young couple’s expulsion—or worse—from the home they both hold dear."
"Based on the history of the many Black towns and settlements established across the country, Jamila Minnicks's heartfelt and riveting debut is both a celebration of Black joy and a timely examination of the opposing viewpoints that attended desegregation in America"
This book comes in many formats. Regular print, eBook and eAudio