Ben Montgomery: Virtual Book Launch
A Shot in the Moonlight: How a Freed Slave and a Confederate Soldier Fought for Justice in the Jim Crow South
Pulitzer Prize finalist & author of “Grandma Gatewood’s Walk,” will launch his new book, “A Shot in the Moonlight” via Zoom.
A Shot in the Moonlight is the sensational true story of George Dinning, a freed slave. In 1899 Dinning joined forces with a Confederate war hero in search of justice in the Jim Crow south. For this event Montgomery will be joined by Anthony Denning Sr., the great-grandson of George Dinning.
Black Oscars: From Mammy to Minny, What the Academy Awards Tell Us About African Americans
Film representations of Black Americans reflect historical trends & impact audiences offscreen. The author of Black Oscars shares research & how to recognize racial patterns.
Dr. Frederick W. Gooding Jr. analyzed decades of Oscar nominations and winners for his book. For more than 90 years, Oscar winners have been considered the standard bearers of all things imaginable within American culture. Given the Oscars’ presence and popularity, it begs the question of what do these awards reflect and reinforce about larger society, particularly when it comes to the public participation of African Americans. In the meticulously-researched book, we see how the Oscars are an indispensable guide to understanding race in mainstream Hollywood.
ULC Race and Social Equity Statement
In the wake of recent events in cities around the country, it’s important to acknowledge the role of public libraries in facilitating racial and social justice in their communities. The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library will continue to honor our commitment to ensure everyone is welcome, treated with respect, and has the opportunity to live their best lives through learning and literacy at their public library.
It’s also important to note this commitment is endorsed and led by the library’s leadership. In October 2017, the library’s Board of Trustees signed on to the following statement from the Urban Libraries Council (ULC). The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, along with many other nationally recognized libraries, is a member of the ULC.
— Gina Millsap, Chief Executive Officer