PROGRAM: Generations of Struggle

Presented by:
Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
National Partner: NEH Local Partner: Libraries Subject: African American/Black, History Audience: All

“Generations of Struggle: Perspectives on Race and Justice from Reconstruction to the Present” is a 4-week reading program focused on the experiences of African Americans since the Civil War.  Participating libraries will receive $1,000 to hire discussion leaders for conversations on three critically acclaimed works:

  • A Slavery by Another Name – a documentary that spans 1865-1954 and traces the development of the post-Reconstruction criminal justice system, Jim Crow, and segregation.
  • A Lesson Before Dying – a novel by Ernest Gaines on the lives of African American men in a small Louisiana town that earned Gaines the National Book Critics Circle Award.
  • Between the World and Me – a memoir by Ta-Nehisi Coates that received a 2015 National Book Award.

The program is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.