(212) 665-7400Thursday, June 24th, 6-8PM
Ebony Joy Wilkins
Sell-Out Launch Party!
NaTasha has a wonderful life in affluent Park Adams. She fits in, she has friends, and she’s a member of the all-white ballet troupe. Being nearly the only African American in her school doesn’t bother NaTasha. But it bothers Tilly, NaTasha’s spitfire grandmother from Harlem, who decides NaTasha needs to get back to her roots or her granddaughter is in danger of losing her completely. Tilly whisks NaTasha away to a world where all of a sudden nothing in NaTasha’s life makes any sense: Harlem and Comfort Zone in the Bronx, a crisis center where Tilly volunteers her time to help troubled girls get on the right track. Girls who are completely unlike anyone NaTasha has ever encountered. If there is ever a time when NaTasha feels like running away from something, now is it. But she doesn’t. She stands her ground. And what she discovers surprises everyone, especially NaTasha.
Saturday, June 26th, 4-6pm
Dr. Charles Ogletree
The Presumption of Guilt
Shortly after noon on Tuesday, July 16, 2009, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., MacArthur Fellow and Harvard professor, was mistakenly arrested by Cambridge police sergeant James Crowley for attempting to break into his own home. The ensuing media firestorm ignited debate across the country. The Crowley-Gates incident was a clash of absolutes, underscoring the tension between black and white, police and civilians, and the privileged and less privileged in modern America. Charles Ogletree, one of the country’s foremost experts on civil rights, uses this incident as a lens through which to explore issues of race, class, and crime, with the goal of creating a more just legal system for all.
Sunday, June 27th, 2-4pm
New Authors will be sharing their first books with the Harlem Community for the first time! Come support them in making this monumental step in their careers.
Monday, June 28th, 6-8pm
Carolyn Carter Kennedy
The Lucille Armstrong Story: A Lady with a VisionResearching unsung women heros who have contributed to the fabric of our world is Carolyn’s passion. As a former adjunct professor at York College in Queens, NY and a former Tour Guide for the Louis Armstrong House Museum where for six years Carolyn gave dynamic presentations and a wealth of educational information to thousands of Museum visitors from around the world about the Armstongs’ legacy. The visitor’s constant questions about Lucille motivated Carolyn to pen Mrs. Armstong’s story. There has never been a book about the woman who was the “power behind Louis Satchmo Armstrong.” This first informative book on Lucille Armstrong is “a must read.”