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One Book One Highland

The Clarence Mitchell Library is pleased to announce our first common reading event, “One Book One Highland” for Fall of 2021. The book we have selected is When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele. The common read provides a shared experience of intellectual and community engagement by bringing the campus community together to read and discuss one book and its themes.

When They Call You a Terrorist

Resources

Outcomes

  • Goal: Establish a common reading experience to foster community at Highland Community College.
    • Readers will connect in- and out- of the classroom experiences.
    • Readers will identify community through shared reading and discussion experiences.
  • Goal: Provide opportunities for the Highland community to explore diverse perspectives and ways of viewing the world.
    • Readers will interact with others whose experiences and ideas may differ from their own.
    • Readers will utilize empathy to communicate within ongoing discussions.
    • Readers will recognize Highland’s core values of integrity, compassion, and respect.
  • Goal: Create opportunities for the Highland community to participate in scholarly conversation.
    • Readers will see themselves as contributors to scholarship rather than as only consumers of it.
    • Readers will recognize that scholarly conversations are ongoing and the conversation is never finished.
    • Readers will recognize a comfortable, safe environment that is conducive to learning.

Events

Monday, August 30: Official Kickoff

Copies of When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir will be available in the library for all students, faculty and staff (while supplies last). Library copies are available for checkout in paperback (via PrairieCat), ebook (via Libby), and eaudio (via Libby).

Wednesday, September 15: The Power of One: Social Change and You with Ted Williams III

Join us for a presentation by Ted Williams III related to One Book One Highland! Williams will focus on the sources of America’s current inequality and political division, and the power each one of us has to effect change.

Zoom™
10 a.m.
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Thursday, September 23: Discussion – All the Bones We Could Find

This session will be an opportunity for discussion of part I, chapters 1-7, of “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele.

These chapters cover Khan-Cullors early life including experiences of racial profiling, housing segregation, mass incarceration, and the school-to-prison pipeline, as well as her early formation as an activist and the development of queer identity.

10 a.m.
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7 p.m.
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Wednesday, October 13: Re-entry After Incarceration: Don’t Stop at “No”

Join us for a presentation by Tretara Flowers related to One Book One Highland! Flowers will address mass incarceration and the difficulty of re-entry to daily life after incarceration. She speaks from her own experience and her work as an advocate for those leaving the prison system. For in-person attendees, room H-201 is limited to 50 people with social distancing.

Student Conference Center (H-201)
10 a.m.
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Thursday, October 28: Discussion – Black Lives Matter

This session will be an opportunity for discussion of part II, chapters 8-16, of “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele.

These chapters cover Khan-Cullors and her further development as an activist including the effect of her brother’s incarceration and the torture and trauma that he experienced. Khan-Cullors makes connections between the Black Lives Matter movement and the historical Civil Rights Movement and discusses activism, protest, and her experience of being labeled a terrorist because of her activism.

10 a.m.
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7 p.m.
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Wednesday, November 10: Guardians of Health: Provident Hospital and its fight against health disparities 1891-1950

Through the lens of the story of Chicago’s first Black hospital, Provident Hospital, LeNie Adolphson will address historical disparities in healthcare for Black Americans. For in-person attendees, room M-218 is limited to 15 people with social distancing.

M-218
10 a.m.
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Thursday, November 18: Discussion – “What happens when they call you a terrorist?”

During this session, we will watch two brief videos on the Panther 21 to consider and discuss the history of political persecution of Black activists and its relationship to the experiences of “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” authors, Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele.

10 a.m.
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7 p.m.
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Watch the first video here.
VladTV interview with Bhoruba Bin Wahad, one of the panther 21, detailing how he knew Afeni Shakur. the case, the conspiracy between the judge and prosecutor’s office during the trial, why the jury acquitted them, and some perspective on the relevance it to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Watch the second video here.
Clip from Adam Curtis Documentary that outlines the concocted case against the Panther 21 and includes quotations from Afeni Shakur’s powerful cross-examination of one of the police informants/provocateurs.

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