“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.