February 12 - February 18, 2015

BLACK HISTORY FEATURE:
ISABEL WILKERSON TO SPEAK IN SARASOTA

Manasota ASALH, Inc. invites you to a very special evening with ISABEL 2015WILKERSON, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author of THE WARMTH OF OTHER SUNS The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration

Join us as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of ASALH at the celebration dinner of ASALH at Michael’s on East on February 19 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. You will hear one of America’s most brilliant authors, ISABEL WILKERSON, share her thoughts about her Pulitzer Prize winning book and her hopes for the future of our country and African Americans everywhere. It will be an exciting and inspiring night of conversation and entertainment while enjoying fine dining. You will also enjoy a sneak peak of the Sarasota Film Festival-Booker High School Student Film: “Why Should My Heart Feel Lonely - Newtown at 100”...and, a very special surprise!

Proceeds from this historic event will enable ASALH to continue to change lives through its scholarship program for deserving minority students. Already MANASOTA-ASALH has awarded over $250,000.00 in scholarships to students in the Sarasota-Manatee area.

More About ISABEL WILKERSON
Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson devoted 15 years to the research and writing of The Warmth of Other Suns. She interviewed more than 1,200 people, unearthed archival works and gathered the voices of the famous and the unknown to tell the epic story of the Great Migration, one of the biggest underreported stories of the 20th Century and one of the largest migrations in American history.

The book was named to more than 30 Best of the Year lists, won the National Book Critics Circle Award, among other honors, and made national news when President Obama chose WARMTH for summer reading in 2011. In 2012, The New York Times named The Warmth of Other Suns to its list of the best nonfiction books of all time.

Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting. She has appeared on national programs such as CBS’ “60 Minutes,” NPR’s “Fresh Air” and PBS’ “NewsHour” and “Charlie Rose Show.”

She had taught at Princeton University, Emory University and Boston University and has spoken at more than 100 universities in the United States and in Europe.

To purchase tickets go to www.ASALH-MANASOTAFL.ORG

WILLIAMS COLLEGE AFRICANA STUDIES CLASS VISITS AREA

BY C.S. HOWARD...Dr. James and Dr. Rhon Manigault-Bryant and students in2015 their Africana Studies class at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts were in the area recently during their winter study term to learn about our area’s rich African American history and the significance of religion to this history. The students had an opportunity to visit churches in the Tampa Bay area, including Bryant Chapel C.M.E. Church in Tallevast.

Drs. Bryant were here two years ago with seven students in their “Black Religion in the ‘New South’” class, to study Florida’s African American history, focusing on writings by Zora Neale Hurston, visiting the town of Eatonville and the Hurston Museum. This year’s travel course gave the students the unique opportunity to explore the question “What is Black Religion?” and visit churches of different denominations to understand Black Protestant religion.
James is a 1991 graduate of Bayshore High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and History from Tulane University. He received a Masters and Ph.D. in Sociology from Brown University.

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