Groundswell’s Book Club #2 - Barracoon: The Story of the Last 'Black Cargo'...

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Join us for Groundswell’s Book Club #2 - Barracoon: The Story of the Last 'Black Cargo' by Zora Neal Hurston

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 from 1 pm to 2:15 pm EST

Cost: $5.00

The first eight people to register will receive a free copy of the book via mail!

In this second meeting of the Groundswell Book Club, we will gather to discuss Zora Neale Hurston's Barracoon, based on an oral history with the last surviving person to be brought from Africa on a slave ship to the United States. Hurston recorded the interview in 1927, but the book was only published for the first time in 2018, ninety years later.

Working in the space between folklore, anthropology, and memoir, Hurston weaves together the transcribed words of Oluale Kossulaher with her own reflections on and descriptions of the fieldwork encounter. Reading and thinking about Barracoon can help us to ask questions about how gatekeepers control which stories get amplified, how stories of marginalized people can be shared with broad audiences in ways that are compelling and also respectful, and how the ways that we write shape the stories we tell.

The conversation will be facilitated by Andrew Vinãles and Amy Starecheski.

Please read the book before the session.

Questions? Please contact Shefa Nola Benoit at

To learn more about Groundswell: Oral History for Social Change, visit our website at

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