The kick-off will take place on Tuesday, August 8, at 2 p.m. at Ashe County Public Library. Patricia Beaver, Ph.D., will lead a discussion on what role the North Carolina mountains may have played in the underground railroad. Pat is professor emerita of anthropology at Appalachian State University, where she was founder of the Center for Appalachian Studies. Read-Share-Return copies of the book are available at Ashe County Arts Council.
The wrap-up will take place on Tuesday, September 12, at 3 p.m. at Ashe County Public Library. Dr. Antonio Bly will lead a discussion that connects Whitehead’s story of Cora, the underground railroad, and the bid for freedom she sought. The tale is ripe for discussion and relevant today as we look at the horrors of bondage and take a look back at our history. Dr. Bly is Associate Professor of African American and Africana studies at Appalachian State University.