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February 9, 2021

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Tuesday, February 09, 2021

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Reading with Mila Burns: Dona Ivone Lara's Sorriso Negro
More than simply a paragon of Brazilian samba, Dona (Lady) Ivone Lara’s 1981 Sorriso Negro (translated to Black Smile) is an album deeply embedded in the political and social tensions of its time. Released less than two years after the Brazilian military dictatorship approved the Lei de Anistia (the “Opening” that put Brazil on a path toward democratic governance), Sorriso Negro reflects the seminal shifts occurring within Brazilian society as former exiles reinforced debates of civil rights and feminist thought in a nation under the iron hand of a military dictatorship that had been in place since 1964. By looking at one of the most important samba albums ever recorded (and one that also happened to be authored by a black woman), Mila Burns explores the pathbreaking career of Dona Ivone Lara, tracing the ways in which she navigated the tense gender and race relations of the samba universe to ultimately conquer the masculine world of samba composers.

Mila Burns is Assistant Professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at Lehman College.
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Graphic Novel Reading Club: The Harlem Hellfighters

For the month of February, we’ll be reading The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks and Caanan White. It tells the heroic story of the 369th infantry regiment, an African American unit that spent more time in combat than any other American unit, but never lost a foot of ground to the enemy or a man to capture. Though they won countless decorations and returned as heroes, they faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government. The Harlem Hellfighters, as the Germans called them, fought courageously on—and off—the battlefield to make Europe and America safe for democracy.

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7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Online Reading Group: Olio by Tyehimba Jess

Throughout Black History Month, One Book One Bronx, in collaboration with the Leonard Lief Library at Lehman College, will host a series of eclectic programs and reading groups as part of the yearlong initiative Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters. Sponsored by the Library of America and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Lift Every Voice seeks to engage participants in a multifaceted exploration of African American poetry. 

Join us on Tuesdays in February for a three-part discussion of Olio by Tyehimba Jess, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize. Part fact, part fiction, the book weaves sonnet, song, and narrative to examine the lives of mostly unrecorded African-American performers directly before and after the Civil War up to World War I.

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