To Kill a Mockingbird: An African American Perspective
Thursday, December 13
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Shorewood Village Center
In this presentation, Reggie Jackson will take an alternative look at Harper Lee's classic book To Kill A Mockingbird by utilizing a different lens. He will explore the African American response to the book in 1960 as well as responses to the book in contemporary times. By using history, Reggie will explore three separate time periods: 1935, 1960 and today. By using a historical perspective, Reggie will also dig into the main characters and the roles that they played in the book. Many say that the book is a good tool to explore issues of race. We will examine that view by asking pertinent questions about the depth of characters, the use of racial epithets used throughout the book, and the consequences of the way the book ends.
ABOUT REGGIE JACKSON
Reggie Jackson is a regional and national speaker, researcher, and writer. His work helps institutions and individuals understand how our country’s racial hierarchy developed historically, its impact on our lives today, and how we can realize America’s promise for all citizens. To do this, Reggie shares seldom-told stories and data about the experiences of African Americans and other peoples of color past and present. Reggie also serves as Head Griot (docent) for America's Black Holocaust Museum. He writes and provides background on current racial issues to regional, national, and international media.