The February meeting of Northwest Mississippi Community College’s Reading Roundtable, made possible with funds from Sycamore Bank, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m., in the R.C. Pugh Library on the Senatobia campus. Leading this month’s discussion will be Jennifer Yarborough, Northwest counselor.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does or does not say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.
The Hate U Give is an award-winning novel by Jackson, Mississippi native and resident Angie Thomas.
Some of its many accolades include WilliamC. Morris Award Winner; National Book Award Longlist; Printz Honor Book and as a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. The book is a #1 New York Times Bestseller with over 92 weeks on the list. The story has also been made into a major motion picture, released in October 2018.
The purpose of the program is to provide a forum to read and discuss a variety of books during the course of every semester. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month.
Participants must fill out a registration form, and those wishing to purchase a copy of the book being discussed may do so for $5. Personal or library copies may also be used.
For more information or to register, contact Dr. Melissa Wright, director of Learning Resources at (662) 562-3277 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.