Lewis Michaux's National Memorial African Bookstore was the cultural center of Harlem from the 1930s to the 1970s. Come discuss this extraordinary place and its founder at our monthly meeting with special guest Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, who wrote a remembrance included in the book. We'll talk about New York during the Civil Rights Movement, Malcolm X, and the role that books play in uplifting communities. Ms. Shabazz will also read from her new book, Malcolm Little, for guests. Ages 9-12 and their adults.
About No Crystal Stair
Through multiple narrators and primary source evidence, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, grand-niece of her subject, constructs the entire life of Lewis Michaux, founder of the National Memorial African Bookstore. Not quite fiction, not quite non-fiction, this book introduces young readers to New York during the Civil Rights Movement and all the competing ideas among African American leaders about how to achieve true freedom during this time. At the center of it all were books and learning. This revered and award-winning book will educate, entertain and promote valuable dialogue about how movements are made and progress.
About the Monthly Reading into History Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home. At the end of each month, families can attend a Book Wrap event where they will share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the book, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi, Neela Vaswani, and Donna Jo Napoli.
This program is supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities.