Book Bridge Project

  • 2015-2016 Academic Year

    About That Thing Around Your Neck


    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critics hailed as “one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years” (Baltimore Sun), with “prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes” (The Boston Globe); The Washington Post called her “the twenty-first-century daughter of Chinua Achebe.” Her award-winning Half of a Yellow Sun became an instant classic upon its publication three years later, once again putting her tremendous gifts—graceful storytelling, knowing compassion, and fierce insight into her characters’ hearts—on display. Now, in her most intimate and seamlessly crafted work to date, Adichie turns her penetrating eye on not only Nigeria but America, in twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.
    In “A Private Experience,” a medical student hides from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman whose dignity and faith force her to confront the realities and fears she’s been pushing away. In “Tomorrow is Too Far,” a woman unlocks the devastating secret that surrounds her brother’s death. The young mother at the center of “Imitation” finds her comfortable life in Philadelphia threatened when she learns that her husband has moved his mistress into their Lagos home. And the title story depicts the choking loneliness of a Nigerian girl who moves to an America that turns out to be nothing like the country she expected; though falling in love brings her desires nearly within reach, a death in her homeland forces her to reexamine them.
    Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, these stories map, with Adichie’s signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them. The Thing Around Your Neck is a resounding confirmation of the prodigious literary powers of one of our most essential writers.


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    2014-2015 Academic Year

    About For Colored Boys

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    In 1974, playwright Ntozake Shange published For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf. The book would go on to inspire legions of women for decades and would later become the subject and title of a hugely popular movie in the fall of 2010. While the film was selling out movie theaters, young black gay men were literally committing suicide in the silence of their own communities. When a young Rutgers University student named Tyler Clementi took his own life after a roommate secretly videotaped him in an intimate setting with another young man, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry to inspire young people facing harassment. Their message, It Gets Better, turned into a popular movement, inspiring thousands of user-created videos on the Internet. Savage's project targeted people of all races, backgrounds and colors.
    Keith Boykin has created something special "for colored boys." The new book, For Colored Boys, addresses longstanding issues of sexual abuse, suicide, HIV/AIDS, racism, and homophobia in the African American and Latino communities, and more specifically among young gay men of color. The book tells stories of real people coming of age, coming out, dealing with religion and spirituality, seeking love and relationships, finding their own identity in or out of the LGBT community, and creating their own sense of political empowerment. For Colored Boys is designed to educate and inspire those seeking to overcome their own obstacles in their own lives.

    Upcoming Events:

    PRIDE WEEK: October 6-10, 2014


    Thursday, October 9th | 6PM - 8PM | Largo Student Center-Community Room C
    Black & Gay: 21st Century Narratives and Perspectives-Panelists will share their coming out stories and their views on the progression and presence of LGBT equality in America and within the Black community.
    moderated by: Danielle Moodie-Mills



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    2013-2014 Academic Year

    About The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks

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    The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement.Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Jeanne Theoharis provides a revealing window into Parks’s politics and years of activism. She shows readers how this civil rights movement radical sought—for more than a half a century—to expose and eradicate the American racial-caste system in jobs, schools, public services, and criminal justice.


    Wednesday, February 26th
    Queen Anne- Hallam Theatre
    Doors open at 6:30PM, Event starts at 7PM

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    Join us for a an intimate evening with one of America's most formidable figures of the civil rights and social justice movements. In connection with this year's book selection, The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks by Jeanne Theoharis, The PGCC Book Bridge Project is proud to feature Mr. Dick Gregory in a live interview and discussion with co-moderators, President Charlene Dukes and Dr. Korey Brown. 

    A highly-acclaimed author, comedian, nutritionist and modern philosopher, Dick Gregory has been a global voice for social justice and change for more than 50 years. His passion for enlightening people and exposing cultural truths has made him public figure recognized and revered by celebrities like Bill Cosby, Stevie Wonder, Cicely Tyson and former President Bill Clinton. During this special event, Mr. Gregory will share his insights on the key moments that propelled him into the activist world, his continued fight for justice and his views on the current state of America in the ‘Age of Obama’.         






    2012-2013 Academic Year

    About The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    Immortal Life of Henrieta Sparks CoverHer name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.

    Soon to be made into an HBO movie by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, this New York Times bestseller takes readers on an extraordinary journey, from the “colored” ward of Johns Hopkins Hospital in the 1950s to stark white laboratories with freezers filled with HeLa cells, from Henrietta’s small, dying hometown of Clover, Virginia, to East Baltimore today, where her children and grandchildren live and struggle with the legacy of her cells. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew. It’s a story inextricably connected to the dark history of experimentation on African Americans, the birth of bioethics, and the legal battles over whether we control the stuff we’re made of.






  • Events


    Book Discussion w/PGCC Reads


    Bring your lunch and your copy of That Thing Around Your Neck! We will discuss the first six stories and explore some of the themes Adichie brings to the forefront in this first of two lunchtime discussions. Light refreshments will be served.

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    Bring your lunch and your copy of That Thing Around Your Neck for a lunchtime discussion of the last six stories in this year's selection. We will continue to explore the themes that Adichie's rich story telling reveals around the themes of home, culture and relationships.

    Film Screening: Half of a Yellow Sun


    Based on Chimimanda Adichie's award-winning novel of the same name, the film is set during the time of Nigeria's civil unrest known as the Biafra War. The effect of the war is shown through the dynamic relationships of five people’s lives including twin daughters of an influential businessman, a professor, a British citizen, and a houseboy. After Biafra's declaration of secession, the lives of the main characters drastically changed and were torn apart by the brutality of the civil war and decisions in their personal lives.

    A Strained Relationship: The Tensions Between Africans & African-Americans


    This panel discussion will explore the historical, cultural and social tensions that exist between these two communities and offer ideas on how to better improve relations. Moderator and panelists to be determined soon.
  • Ms. Risikat Okedeyi, Director
    Book Bridge Project
    Marlboro Rm. 3059


    301 Largo Rd.,
    Largo, MD 20774



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