In honor of the 2020 Centennial of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, the Houston Public Library, the League of Women Voters and the University of Houston Friends of Women's Studies are launching a citywide Suffrage Centennial Book Club.
HPL invites Houstonians of all ages to gather in their living rooms, coffee shops, libraries, or community centers, to read and discuss one book or film each month in 2020.
The book club encourages generative conversations, with a the hope of sharing ideas in real time about the importance of voting.
This month, you can view a Facebook live filmmaker discussion on Chisholm '72, a documentary about Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress in 1968, who later became the first black woman to run for president in 1972.
Hear from writer and director, Shola Lynch, during HPL’s inaugural livestream event. Lynch, who also serves as curator of the moving image & recorded sound division of the NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, will be in conversation with Houston Cinema Arts Artistic Director Jessica Green.
The event is presented as part of the Museum of Fine Arts’ Houston's "Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" exhibition and the Suffrage Centennial Book Club.
The Facebook livestream filmmaker discussion on Chishom’ 72 will take place on August 27, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. You can view Chisholm 72 documentary via Kanopy with your MyLink library card.
HPL Inaugural Livestream Event details:
When? Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Where? Online with Facebook Live:https://facebook.com/events/s/filmmaker-discussion-chisholm-/2723710924541671/?ti=icl