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BIG IDEA Book Club

All That She Carried by Tiya Miles

2024-06-25 17:30:00 2024-06-25 18:30:00 America/New_York BIG IDEA Book Club A discussion group dedicated to diverse voices, perspectives, and authors. We'll aim to construct a meaningful conversation about anti-racism and embrace the diversity of our community. Online Programs -

Tuesday, June 25
5:30pm - 6:30pm

Add to Calendar 2024-06-25 17:30:00 2024-06-25 18:30:00 America/New_York BIG IDEA Book Club A discussion group dedicated to diverse voices, perspectives, and authors. We'll aim to construct a meaningful conversation about anti-racism and embrace the diversity of our community. Online Programs -

A discussion group dedicated to diverse voices, perspectives, and authors. We'll aim to construct a meaningful conversation about anti-racism and embrace the diversity of our community.

Meetings take place via Zoom. Registered participants will be emailed meeting information prior to the event starting.

All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles

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Sitting in the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is a rough cotton bag, called "Ashley's Sack," embroidered with just a handful of words that evoke a sweeping family story of loss and of love passed down through generations. In 1850s South Carolina, just before nine-year-old Ashley was sold, her mother, Rose, gave her a sack filled with just a few things as a token of her love. Decades later, Ashley's granddaughter, Ruth, embroidered this history on the bag--including Rose's message that "It be filled with my Love always." Historian Tiya Miles carefully follows faint archival traces back to Charleston to find Rose in the kitchen where she may have packed the sack for Ashley. From Rose's last resourceful gift to her daughter, Miles then follows the paths their lives and the lives of so many like them took to write a unique, innovative history of the lived experience of slavery in the United States. The contents of the sack--a tattered dress, handfuls of pecans, a braid of hair, "my Love always"--speak volumes and open up a window on Rose and Ashley's world. As she follows Ashley's journey, Miles metaphorically "unpacks" the sack, deepening its emotional resonance and revealing the meanings and significance of everything it contained.

AGE GROUP: | Adults (18+) |

EVENT TYPE: | Book Groups |

TAGS: | blacklivesmatterbookgroup | bigidea |

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Hours
We're closed Wednesday June 19 due to Juneteenth
Mon, Jun 17 12:00AM to 11:30PM
Tue, Jun 18 12:00AM to 11:30PM
Wed, Jun 19 Closed
(Juneteenth)
Thu, Jun 20 12:00AM to 11:30PM
Fri, Jun 21 12:00AM to 11:30PM
Sat, Jun 22 12:00AM to 11:30PM
Sun, Jun 23 12:00AM to 11:30PM

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