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Book Club Reading: Hair Story by Ayana D. Byrd and Lori L. Tharps

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Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education

928 Simpson Street

6th fl.

Bronx, NY 10459

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(Re)spark the love of reading! Join the book club at Casita Maria. On Wed, Oct. 23, 6:30 PM, the club will start reading Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America by Ayana D. Byrd and Lori L. Tharps.

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Two world wars, the Civil Rights movement, and a Jheri curl later, Blacks in America continue to have a complex and convoluted relationship with their hair. From the antebellum practice of shaving the head in an attempt to pass as a "free" person to the 1998 uproar over a White third-grade teacher's reading of the book Nappy Hair, the issues surrounding African American hair continue to linger as we enter the twenty-first century.

Hair Story is a historical and anecdotal exploration of Black Americans' tangled hair roots. A chronological look at the culture and politics behind the ever-changing state of Black hair from fifteenth-century Africa to the present-day United States, it ties the personal to the political and the popular.

In partnership with One Book One Bronx & Literary Freedom Project

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Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education

928 Simpson Street

6th fl.

Bronx, NY 10459

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