The Stamped from the Beginning Book Club will host a preview night on Tuesday, October 22, at 6:30 PM at Melrose Library. The event is free, and no registration is required.
Dr. Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America is a thorough and well analyzed look what has driven the unequal treatment of citizens in our society. It’s a history that has been intentionally erased from school books. As the Roanoke Times wrote in this morning’s editorial, “Those of us who grew up in Virginia, were, quite frankly, were taught propaganda and sometimes outright lies about our history.”
It’s a big book that can help us catch up on our education, and this one won the National Book Award. We’ll read it together this winter, gathering every Tuesday evening between January 7 and February 4 at the Melrose Library. Each session will feature a local expert or activist on one section of the book, as well as group and small group conversations.
Tuesday evening, join Roanoke Public Libraries, BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke, and Dr. Brenda Hale, President of the Roanoke Branch of the NAACP, as we kick off our book club. You don’t have to have read the whole book yet. This is an introduction. We’ll have between now and January to start reading the book, and in January, we’ll start discussions section by section.
Dr. Brenda Hale is a member of Loudon Avenue Christian Church and a Gold Life Member of the NAACP, among several other civic memberships. She is an eight-term president of the Roanoke Branch of the NAACP, the senior vice commander of the VFW Post 1444 in Roanoke, serves as the secretary of the TAP Board of Directors, and also serves on several other boards including Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Roanoke City Rescue Mission, and Local Colors.
Sergeant First Class (E-7) Hale retired from the Army in 1978. She has since worked with the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center as a LPN and RN; the Non-Commissioned Officers Association in Honolulu as a financial counselor; and Primerica Financial Service as a financial representative division leader.
Dr. Hale attended Chaminade University in Honolulu and Roanoke College where she studied psychology. She received her nursing education from Fitzsimmon Army General Hospital and Virginia Western Community College. She also received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Bethlehem Bible College in 2010; a doctorate of theology in biblical studies from the Word of Life Theological Seminary in 2013; and an honorary doctorate of humane letters with all rights and privileges from Roanoke College in 2018.
- Read the full 10/18 Roanoke Times editorial, “Why are some people so upset by history?”
- Read Stanley R. Hale’s coverage of the August event featuring Dr. Kendi in the Roanoke Tribune.
- Read a BOOK CITY opinion piece in the Roanoke Times, “Books for a stronger community: How we’ll continue the discussion“
- Here are some photos from the evening, courtesy of Roanoke Public Libraries.
Here are the January dates:
January 7 – Section 1: Cotton Mather (Add the Facebook Event to your calendar)
January 14 – Section 2: Thomas Jefferson (Add the Facebook Event to your calendar)
January 21 – Section 3: William Lloyd Garrison (Add the FB Event to your calendar)
January 28 – Section 4: W. E. B. Du Bois (Add the Facebook Event to your calendar)
February 4 – Section 5: Angela Davis (Add the Facebook Event to your calendar)
See you there.