Eastern Shore Net­work for Change starts book club

Dorchester Star - - REGIONAL -

CAM­BRIDGE — Eastern Shore Net­work for Change has kicked off its new­est ini­tia­tive “The Year of Read­ing” by an­nounc­ing its firstever book club.

The pur­pose of “The Year of Read­ing” is to build on the mo­men­tum from the “Re­flec­tions on Pine” events of last year that united the com­mu­nity to share its his­tory.

There will be four books in the first year of the book club. The first book to be dis­cussed will be Peter Levy’s “Civil War on Race Street.” The au­thor will come to Cam­bridge on Thurs­day, Sept. 20, and that dis­cus­sion will be broad­cast live on Face­book.

Levy is a pro­fes­sor and for­mer chair­man of the De­part­ment of His­tory and Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence at York Col­lege of Penn­syl­va­nia, where he teaches cour­ses on “Re­cent Amer­ica,” the civil rights move­ment, and “Race and Jus­tice.” He is the au­thor of nu­mer­ous books and ar­ti­cles, in­clud­ing “The Great Up­ris­ing: Race Ri­ots in Ur­ban Amer­ica dur­ing the 1960s” (Cam­bridge Univer­sity Press, 2018), “The Civil Rights Move­ment in Cam­bridge, Mary­land “(The Univer­sity of Florida Press, 2003), “The New Left and La­bor” (Univer­sity of Illi­nois Press, 1994) and “Let Free­dom Ring: A Doc­u­men­tary His­tory of the Civil Rights Move­ment” (Praeger, 1992).

“We are ex­cited to be able to bring authors to our com­mu­nity to dis­cuss their works,” said ESNC co-founder Dion Banks. “We are hop­ing that these dis­cus­sions will be unique op­por­tu­ni­ties for our com­mu­nity to come to­gether and ex­change ideas.”

Lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions have signed on to help with this en­deavor, in­clud­ing Dorch­ester County Pub­lic Schools and the Dorch­ester County Li­brary.

ESNC’s mis­sion is to raise aware­ness of is­sues in Dorch­ester County and to work cre­atively with the com­mu­nity to in­form, ed­u­cate and foster change that leads to so­cial and eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www. es­nc­cam­bridgemd.com

PETER LEVY

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