Thursday March 19 | Talking Race Through Art

March 18, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 1 Comment

The issue of race in America seems to be a timeless topic but, over the years, the way we approach the discussion has changed. We’ll explore the landmark novel To Kill a Mockingbird, that was part of the library’s Big Read this year, and The Drama Club, a new play at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte— to see how they propel the national conversation about race.
Guests
Bob Inman – Playwright, The Drama Club
Alan Poindexter – Artistic Director, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte
Arden McLaughlin – Coordinator, Charlotte Reads!
Linda Hagler – High School Literacy Coordinator, CMS
Charles Brown – Director of Libraries, PLCMC

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  1. I saw the play with two 7th graders and an 8th grader. We loved it. We are African American and I have had the experience of some events on race leaving us feeling raw and sometimes worse rather than better. This play was masterful in leaving the audience feeling hopeful and enlightened. What I liked best was the use of apology, not policies and legislation, among people who had hurt each other to resolve the situation. It explored some behaviors and defenses that are not pretty behaviors by characters on all sides of the issue, but it remained positive and hopeful in the way the teens solved the problem in their club.


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