2019 will be the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans to be sold into bondage in North America: in 1619 at Jamestown. Montclair Public Library will be observing the anniversary with the following events. These events are free of charge except where noted.
400 Years of Inequality: Community Reads
Wednesday, October 2, 7 p.m., Tower Room
Thursday, October 10, 2 p.m., Conference Room
Please join us as we read and discuss The Coming by Daniel Black. We will use this historical fiction novel as our point of departure for these important conversations about 400 years of oppression beginning at Jamestown in 1620.
Film Screening: Emancipation Road Episodes 1 and 2
Tuesday, October 1, 6-8 p.m.
Film Screening: Emancipation Road Episodes 3 and 4
Thursday, October 3, 6-8 p.m.
Film Screening: Emancipation Road Episodes 5 and 6
Tuesday, October 8, 6-8 p.m.
Film Screening: Emancipation Road Episode 7
Wednesday, October 9, 6-7 p.m.
Betye Saar and the Black Arts Movement
Monday, October 14, 7 p.m.
The Black Arts Movement (BAM) of the 1960s and ’70s sought to redefine the image of Black people. Their art emphasized racial pride, self-determination and political activism. Explore the art of legendary BAM artists Betye Saar and Faith Ringgold, icons of 20th century art.
From Africa to America: Rubber Band Banjo Craft (Ages 7-11)
Tuesday, October 15, 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Slavery’s Descendants: Shared Legacies of Race and Reconciliation
Tuesday, October 15, 7 p.m., Auditorium
The book Slavery’s Descendants brings together contributors who are members of a national racial reconciliation organization called Coming to the Table, to tell their stories of dealing with America’s racial past through their experiences and their family histories. Some are descendants of slaveholders, some are descendants of the enslaved, and many are descendants of both slaveholders and the enslaved. What they all have in common is a commitment toward collective introspection, and a willingness to think critically about how the nation’s histories of oppression continue to ripple into the present, affecting us all.
City of Refuge: Dismal Plantation in the Revolutionary Era Great Dismal Swamp
Saturday, October 19, 3 p.m.
Marcus P. Nevius will share his extensive research on maroon colonies in the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia and North Carolina, which is the subject of his forthcoming book City of Refuge.
The Civil War Era and Reconstruction
Tuesday, October 29, 7 p.m.
A historical look at the growing sectionalism in the United States, the causes of the Civil War, the fighting, the results and the Reconstruction period that followed.
Plea Bargaining and The Problem of Innocence
Monday, November 4, 7-8:30 p.m.
Within the criminal justice system there exists a pervasive problem of innocent defendants pleading guilty despite their constitutional right to a jury trial. This lecture is a discussion of the current issues and reforms in plea bargaining.