SYNC Week 7 explores America’s racial awareness and race relations in America across more than a century. This pair of titles is brought to SYNC near the annual Juneteenth celebration, the oldest holiday celebrating the abolition of slavery in the US. As you listen this week, digging into a topic that is very often at the forefront of news today, we invite you to reflect on the beliefs about race we bring into our personal, social, and civic fabric today.
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
When 16-year-old Tariq Johnson dies from two gunshot wounds, his community is thrown into an uproar. Tariq was black. The shooter, Jack Franklin, is white.
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson
A half-white half-black man of very light complexion must choose between his heritage and the art that he loves and the ability to escape the inherent racism that he faces by passing as a white.
To get even more out of listening, check out the audiobook discussion group guide for this classic title.
Thank you to Recorded Books and Tantor Media for generously providing this week’s titles.
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Remember — grab these titles before they are replaced by a new pairing on 6/23/2016! While the title availability is time-limited, your listening time is not. Once you have downloaded the MP3 files, the audiobook is yours to listen to at your leisure.
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