The Black Luminary Society invites Brooklyn Public Library patrons to join in a two-part series celebrating the life and legacy of literary ancestor, Zora Neale Hurston and the recently released book Barracoon

PART I
- In celebration of Black History Month, attendees will engage in a book discussion of Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon.
This book, published 58 years after Hurston’s death, provides a nuanced literary framework in analyzing the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and its global implications. February’s interactive session will focus on the history of the Clotilda, Cudjo Kazoola Lewis and the Benin/Alabama connection. Our exploration is also Afro-futuristic, as we delve into Hurston’sresearch and her continued influence as a premiere Black anthropologist.

Part 2 - Sunday, March 3

Cathleen Antoine-Abiala and Régine Romain, the Black Luminary Society founders, will lead participants in an interactive journey exploring literature, personal histories, music, and folk traditions using various forms of technology and social media platforms. This experience is open to the public, with a special invitation to educators, teaching artists, and school administrators.

*Pick up a copy of the book in the Information Commons to participate in the book discussion

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