2006-10-12 / About Town

Library tackles race and culture

The Friends of the Jamestown Library will host "Common Ground/Kaleidoscope of Race: A Collage of Writers Address Issues of Race, Ethnicity & Culture," at the Jamestown library on Thursday, Oct.19, at 7 p.m. in the library meeting hall.

Living Literature in partnership with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities has created this 45-minute program in their unique readers-theatre style to celebrate Arts and Humanities Month throughout October.

More than 100 years ago, Walt Whitman shared his perception of America as a melting pot: "Here is not merely a nation, but a teeming Nation of nations." And in the New York Times, June, 2006,

David Mamet said, "The dark secret of America has always been and will always be race. It's a secret hard to be rational about because it's so much a part of our lives."

Joining Artistic Director Barry Press will be actor/writer Nehassaiu deGannes, and Living Literature member, Hurtis Mitchner, who will present excerpts from material selected from many authors to explore this idea.

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