From Brooklyn Historical Society – announcing three upcoming book talks this month:
“Each book talk takes a deep dive into complex and underexplored stories including how a youth football team offers refuge and community to young men in Brooklyn’s working-class neighborhood of Brownsville, a first-hand look at the devastating effects evangelical Christianity’s purity culture has had on a generation of young women, and the history of how the Black Power movement took root in America’s most esteemed institutions of higher education:
On Monday, September 17, join BuzzFeed criminal justice reporter and author Albert Samaha for the uplifting story of the Mo Better Jaguars, a youth football team offering opportunity, community, and refuge to Brownsville’s young men. Against the backdrop of a Brooklyn community grappling with economic tensions and encroaching gentrification, the gridiron gives these young players the opportunity to forge friendships and their own visions for the future. The author is in conversation with culture writer for The Atlantic, Hannah Giorgis.
On Thursday, September 20, this insider’s account of the culture of purity imposed on young women raised in the evangelical Christian faith, Linda Kay Klein unmasks the traumatic fear-mongering that she endured as an adolescent. Writing Pure led her to congregations across the nation. She discusses her journey, bridging the church’s sexual shaming with wider societal subjugations of women, in this conversation with former New YorkTimes “On Religion” columnist Samuel Freedman.
On Tuesday, September 25, go inside the story of the pioneering black students, staff, and faculty members that reshaped the hallowed halls of Ivy League institutions of higher learning. Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Stefan Bradley, shares the history of how the Black Power movement took hold in university halls, forever changing curricula, narratives, and opportunities for black empowerment through education.”
Tickets are $5 for the public and free for members. Reserve your seat here.