Pearl McHaney, Connecting Lines: Individuals and Communities
Decatur Library Auditorium
April 19, 2017, 7:15p.m.
Individuals and Communities: Toni Morrison’s A Mercy and Beloved. Nobel Prize novelist Toni Morrison writes about each of us, no matter the setting, the conflict, or the race of the characters. In Mercy, Morrison asks how one can be an individual with one’s own priorities and values and at the same time belong to a community. Can one stand alone without the sustaining support of others? A Mercy asks “When did the color of skin first determine one’s identity?” Beloved, Pulitzer Prize-winning neo-slave narrative, powerfully illustrates the feelings of being enslaved and the power, detrimental and enriching, of both communities and individuals. If you would like more information on the lecture series, please listen to Pearl’s interview with Lois Reitzes on (City Lights)