For three months, Greenwood citizens, black and white, have gathered at the Greenwood County Library to explore issues, past and present, related to race in the United States.
The final event in the series, Let’s Talk About Race in America, will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 20, and will focus on the novel, “Four Spirits,” which is set in the wake of racial tensions in 1960s Birmingham, Ala.
From Stella, a sheltered white college student participating in her first freedom movement, to the black men and women affected by the racist tactics of Birmingham Police Commissioner Eugene “Bull” Connor, the book explores the attitudes and aspirations of Alabama citizens during the civil rights era.
Lisa Wiecki, director of Library Services at Lander University, will lead the book discussion.
“I am fascinated by the author’s choice to tell the story through the perspective of multiple characters, and I’d like to spend time discussing the various character sketches,” said Wiecki.
“This is a beautiful and ambitious piece of prose, and I can’t wait to discuss the many interesting facets of the story with a larger group.”
Wiecki began her tenure at Lander’s Jackson Library in 2008 and was named director of Library Services in 2013. She was associated with Brandeis University Libraries in Waltham, Mass., for 11 years. Her work in libraries began when she was 16 years old and took a job as a page at the Flint Public Library in Middleton, Mass.
She holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College in Boston and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College, Boston.
A member of the Greenwood Diversity Committee coordinating the series on race, Lander sociology professor Dr. Daniel Harris said the committee invites the public’s participation in the upcoming discussion and said, “We hope you will help us to locally reaffirm the sacred motto of this great country —E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One).
Let’s Talk About Race in America is a three-month series sponsored by the Greenwood County Library, The Friends of the Greenwood County Library System, the South Carolina Humanities Council, Lander University, Starz24 Josh Norman, GLEAMNS and Duke Energy, as well as through private donations.
Visit www.greenwoodcountylibrary.org/raceinamerica.htm for a schedule of events.