Even when we know a lot about the achievements of a famous person, learning more about them during the parts of their lives before they became well known can both surprise and inspire us. This week’s pair of free audiobooks introduce us to the lives and times of two well-known men and provide listeners with insights beyond the spotlight of their fame.
James Weldon Johnson’s 1912 novel offers us an opportunity to talk about how identity, in contemporary America, continues to elicit an array of strong feelings, public messages that may conflict with private behaviors, and awareness of differences between the identities we apply to ourselves, and those applied to us by others. We hope that you consider hosting a discussion of this audiobook after you and the group you host have the opportunity to listen to it.
Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Wednesday, June 15, 2016
This week’s pair of audiobooks explores America's racial awareness across more than a century, giving us pause to consider what we mean when we think about our own identities against the background of what others say we must be.
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Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Among the classics we are thrilled to offer through the 2016 SYNC program is a 100-year-old book likely to surprise many teens with its account of race and racism as experienced by a fictitious hero who lives first as a black American and then as a white man.