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Black History Month: Smithfield Critics Book Discussion Group

Wednesday, February 19, 2014  
12:00 PM
"A Lesson Before Dying" by Ernest J. Gaines

A young black man named Jefferson is an unwitting party to a liquor store shoot out in which three men are killed. As the only survivor, he is convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Grant Wiggins, who left his hometown for the university, has returned to the plantation school to teach. As he struggles with his decision whether to stay or escape to another state, his aunt and Jefferson's godmother persuade him to visit Jefferson in his cell and impart his learning and his pride to Jefferson before his death. In the end, the two men forge a bond as they both come to understand the simple heroism of resisting and defying the expected.
Event fee: Free
Light refreshments are provided.
612 Smithfield Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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