Please join us as we connect the Beloved Community panel discussions with the 2019 PLS Reads in a panel discussion about the important topics in the novels THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas and SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult. Free copies of the books are available at the Norman Central Library--inquire at the information desk to get your copy.
THE HATE YOU GIVE Short Summary: Starr Carter--middle child, basketball player--becomes the center of a massive trial after a police officer shoots her childhood best friend right in front of her. As tensions rise in her family, neighborhood, and school, everyone has a different take on what happened, and Starr must find her own voice to be heard above the crowd.
SMALL GREAT THINGS Short Summary: Ruth Jefferson is an experienced labor and delivery nurse who not only knows how to guide women through labor, but also understands post-delivery needs such as a shoulder to cry on and lipstick. But her career and life change forever when she hesitates before helping a baby in cardiac arrest. The parents are white supremacists and don't want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Join the City of Norman, the City of Norman Human Rights Commission, the Xenia Institute, Norman Public Schools, OU Office of University Community, and Pioneer Library System for the Beloved Community Speaker Series. This series will consist of four panel events that will highlight important aspects of our community.
Moderated by former Editor of the Norman Transcript Andy Reiger, the panelists for tonight's discussion will include Dr. Kirsten Edwards (OU Woment's & Gender Studies, Center for Social Justice at OU), Sharon Heatly (Norman Public Schools Director of Guidance and Counseling), and a representative of the Norman Police Department.
This Series was created with the goal of continuing important, albeit sensitive, conversations in our community that will broaden our understanding of cultures different than our own, provide a safe place to ask questions of other cultures, and will continue our efforts to become a truly inclusive community.
These events are free, and all are welcome to attend. PLS READS Sponsors are Norman Arts Council, the Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation, Pioneer Library System Foundation and Pioneer Library System.