Have you read The Hate U Give? It’s a masterful presentation of issues facing many African Americans in America today. Former teen rapper and now award-winning author Angie Thomas tells the complex story of Starr Carter — a black teenager “moving between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.” Teens and adults are invited to borrow copies of the book from Rokeby, read, and attend a moderated discussion about the book and the issues it presents.
The program includes a short guided tour of Free & Safe, Rokeby’s award winning exhibit that provides context for race problems in America today.