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New Chatham Civil Rights Book Club honors Margie Ellison

Posted Monday, November 8, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham County Office of Human Relations joins with the Human Relations Commission and Chatham’s Community Civil Rights Educators in launching the Margie E. Ellison Civil Rights Book Club. Ellison, who passed away in 2009, chaired the Human Relations Commission.

“The book club is free and is a wonderful tribute to the amazing work that Margie Ellison did in building bridges between diverse communities over her lifetime,” said Heather Rodin, current chair of the Human Relations Commission. “As part of this effort, we have identified a wide array of thoughtful books for adults and children of all ages.”

According to Esther Coleman, director of the Office of Human Relations, several books will be highlighted throughout period, including some written by state or local residents. “We will host conversations authors and discussion groups over the next few months. We are partnering with McIntyre’s Fine Books in Fearrington Village to keep several of the special selections in stock. They have a agreed to offer a 20% discount on several title in our book club.”

The first featured books include:


  • A Home on the Field by local resident Paul Cuadros. The book is the amazing journey of the championship soccer team at Jordan-Matthews High School. As the coach, Cuadros convinced Latino youth to join the team as a path to college. Against the odds, the mostly Latino team emerged as champions.
  • To Right These Wrongs—The North Carolina Fund and the Battle to End Poverty & Equality in 1960s America by Robert R. Korstad and James Leloudis. The book is the story of former Governor Terry Sanford’s creation of the North Carolina Fund in 1963. He created it to help those families whose incomes were so low that they could not meet basic needs. It was one of the first major steps of the 1960s in the War on Poverty.
  • One Million Men and Me by Kelly Starling Lyons. This picture book for children brings to life the Million Man March in 1995, a day of empowerment for African American men. The book helps young readers experience the strength, unity, determination and legacy of that moment in history.
For the book club’s first special event, Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro will host both Paul Cuadros and Kelly Starling Lyons on Saturday, Feb. 19. The event begins at 10:30 am with Lyons’ presentation and then Cuadros will be featured at 11 am.

“We will be changing our featured selections periodically,” Coleman said, “so check our webpage periodically." Click here.

Coleman said she is appreciative of several important partners who are supporting the book club, including the Friends of the Library, Chatham Public Libraries and McIntyre’s Fine Books.

For more information on the book club, call 545-8393 to request a detailed newsletter that includes a free Book Club Membership Card, which can be used for discounts on selected books at McIntyre’s Fine Books.

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