Five events in February will wrap up One Minneapolis One Read, a citywide collaboration of the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Library and Minneapolis Public Schools that aims to promote literacy and explore issues around race, family and identity.

One Minneapolis community read programs were inspired by “The Grace of Silence,” a memoir by Michele Norris, a Minneapolis native and National Public Radio host. One Minneapolis One Read is Minneapolis’ first-ever effort to encourage the entire community to read a single book and join in a conversation about the issues raised by the book. “The Grace of Silence” is a memoir describing the Norrises experience as the first black family on the block in a south Minneapolis neighborhood in the 1960s.

One Minneapolis One Read wrap-up events

Interviews premiere

Students in grades 6 – 12 can attend the premiere of videos on race relations. A group of Minneapolis teens teamed up with MVStudio last fall to interview family members or someone in their community about their experiences with race relations. Discussion will follow videos. 

North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave. N
Sunday, Feb. 5
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Book discussion

Folks of all ages can join a discussion exploring neighborhood histories in the context of race, and how this impacts current race relations in America. To register, call Washburn Community Education at (612) 668-3450.

Washburn High School library, 201 W. 49th St.
Monday, Feb. 6
7 – 9 p.m.

Conference presentation

PLEASE NOTE: The One Minneapolis One Read workshop has been cancelled. The workshop cancellation does not impact any of the other sessions planned for the Community Connections Conference set for Feb. 11.

Interviews premiere

Students in grades 6 – 12 can attend the premiere of videos on race relations. A group of Minneapolis teens teamed up with MVStudio last fall to interview family members or someone in their community about their experiences with race relations. Discussion will follow videos. 

North Regional Library, 1315 Lowry Ave. N.
Sunday, Feb. 12
1:30 p.m.

Challenges of black genealogy

Master storyteller and librarian Jerry Blue will share the experience of tracing his family history. He also will demonstrate resources to help you dig up your own black genealogy roots. Registration is required: Register online or call (612) 543-6875.

Sumner Library, 611 Van White Memorial Blvd.
Saturday, Feb. 25
2 – 3 p.m.

For more information

For information about the library events, visit www.oneminneapolisoneread.com or the Hennepin County Library website. Details and registration information about the conference hosted by the Neighborhood and Community Relations department are posted on the Communities Connections Conference website. 

If you’d like to read the book, it can be checked out (hard cover or CD audio book) or downloaded from the Hennepin County Library. To reserve a copy or download the book, go to the library’s catalog website and enter the book title in the Search Catalog box. The book can also be purchased for e-readers, in hard cover and paperback.

About One Minneapolis One Read

The idea for a community read emerged following a controversial debate over a Minneapolis dog park. Neighbors wanted to find ways to talk about race and increase understanding.

One Minneapolis One Read was officially launched Sept. 13 at a special event at South High where students received free books and chatted via Skype with Norris. On Oct. 3, hundreds of people attended a headline event at the Guthrie Theater that featured a discussion of the book and its Minneapolis connection between Norris and Minnesota Public Radio News host Kerri Miller.

 

Published Feb 1, 2012