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Booked for Lunch: Panther Baby and The Rock and the River : A Book Club for Teens

Saturday, February 16, 2013  
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Bring some snacks or a lunch and join us for this month’s book discussion. In celebration of Black History Month we’re choosing two related titles. You can read one of the books or both, it’s up to you!

The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon takes place in 1968 Chicago. Fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in the middle of a family fight. Sam’s father works with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and believes in a nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African Americans. Sam’s older brother thinks Dr. King’s movement is taking too long to bring about change and chooses joins the Black Panther Party.

In Panther Baby Jamal Joseph shares his true-life experiences as one of the youngest members of the Black Panther Party. Joseph joined the Panthers as a high schooler and eventually landed in prison because of his connection to the organization. Years later, during another stint in prison Joseph earned two degrees and began writing plays. Joseph eventually became the chair of Columbia University’s film division, a university he once encouraged students to burn to the ground.
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