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Join Westport Library For Book Discussion On '12 Years A Slave'

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WESTPORT, Conn. - A discussion of the book "Twelve Years a Slave" will be held at the Westport Library on Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. in the McManus Room.

This memoir and slave narrative by Solomon Northup, as told to and edited by David Wilson, was adapted for the 2013 Oscar-winning film of the same name.

The film will be screened on Saturday, May 31, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., in the McManus Room, with a discussion afterward.

Northup, a black man who was born free in New York, details his kidnapping in Washington, D.C., and subsequent sale into slavery. After being kept in bondage for 12 years in Louisiana by various masters, he was able to write to friends and family in New York, who secured his release.

Northup's account provides extensive details on the slave markets in Washington, D.C., and New Orleans, as well as lengthy descriptions of cotton and sugar cultivation on major plantations in Louisiana.

Free and open to the public, the book discussion will be led by Judith Hamer and Catherine Oneymelukwe of TEAM Westport. Both this discussion and the film screening on May 31 are co-sponsored with TEAM Westport.

Oneymelukwe is director of development and communications at the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition, chairs the Racial Justice Task Force at the Unitarian Church and serves on the board of the Unitarian-Universalist United Nations Office. Hamer teaches at New York University and directs a family nonprofit, Children of the 21st Century.

For further information and copies of the book, phone 203-291-4800, or check at: westportlibrary.org

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