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W. E. B. Du Bois’ The Ordeal of Mansart Community Reading Group
Mon, February 7, 2022 6:00 P.M.
Walnut Street West
Join us for a community reading group of W. E. B Du Bois’ classic novel The Ordeal of Mansart. W. E. B. Du Bois was a public intellectual, sociologist, and activist on behalf of the African American community. He profoundly shaped Black political culture in the United States through his founding role in the NAACP, as well as internationally through the Pan-African movement. Du Bois was also a prolific author of both fiction and non-fiction. The Ordeal of Mansart is the first book in his epic Black Flame Trilogy. The Black Flame Trilogy is a work of historical fiction that following the life of Manuel Mansart, from his birth in 1876 until his death. As the first book in the trilogy, the Ordeal of Mansart chronicles Manuel Mansart’s early life during the time of Reconstruction through his involvement in Black education in Atlanta. Du Bois’ prose is lyrical and vivid, yet steeped in historical accuracy.
Our community reading group will read through the book together at a relaxed pace from January 10th through February 28th. You have the option of joining us in person at the Walnut Street West Branch or joining us virtually. This event is FREE. Copies of the book are available for participants and high school students can earn community service hours by participating. This group is open to all ages, although most suited to adults and teens. Joining late is totally OK, we would love to have you either way. You can participate in person at the library or online.
Discussions will be facilitated by Divya Nair.
Pre- register for this FREE community reading group or join us in person at Walnut West Library.
Walnut Street West
201 South 40th Street (40th & Walnut Streets)
Philadelphia, PA 19104