Empowerment Weekend view The Help

Watch the Film “The Help” at 1pm March 24, and then stay for discussion of the Book by Kathyryn Stockett with Glenda DuBoise, President, The Topeka Chapter of The Links.Inc.

In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women–black and white, mothers and daughters–view one another.

Set in Stockett’s native Jackson, MS, in the early 1960s, this first novel adopts the complicated theme of blacks and whites living in a segregated South. A century after the Emancipation Proclamation, black maids raised white children and ran households but were paid poorly, often had to use separate toilets from the family, and watched the children they cared for commit bigotry. In Stockett’s narrative, Miss Skeeter, a young white woman, is a naive, aspiring writer who wants to create a series of interviews with local black maids. Even if they’re published anonymously, the risk is great; still, Aibileen and Minny agree to participate. Tension pervades the novel as its events are told by these three memorable women. Is this an easy book to read? No, but it is surely worth reading. It may even stir things up as readers in Jackson and beyond question their own discrimination and intolerance in the past and present.

The film has received many awards the most notable being the recent 84th Academy Awards where it was nominate for Best Picture. Also nominated were Viola Davis for Best Actress and Jessica Chastain for Best Supporting Actress. Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for her memorable role as Minny.

To see other awards the film won go here.

To read more about the book that started it all go to the author Kathyryn Stockett’s page

To read the book go to the library and find it here.