Chairman Oliver G. Gilbert, III speaks to participants of the first “Chairman’s Book Club” meeting on Oct. 28 at the North Dade Regional Library.
On Saturday, Oct. 28, Chairman Oliver G. Gilbert, III launched the first edition of the “Chairman’s Book Club,” featuring acclaimed literary work, “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story,” written by journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and the writers from The New York Times Magazine. The session was held at the North Dade Regional Library located in Miami Gardens.
With concern about the escalation of limited access to certain books, Chairman Gilbert decided to host the “Chairman’s Book Club,” designed to engage the community in studying diverse viewpoints through guided discussions led by a qualified educator.
“America was built on the concept of a marketplace of ideas, and I wanted to renew the idea that there is nothing wrong with reading and there is nothing wrong with having more information,” said Chairman Gilbert in an Instagram post recapping the event. “Information is not bad, it’s how we use it and react to it.”
Members of the “Chairman’s Book Club” include participants of all ages who will journey through a six-part series on The 1619 Project. Discussions will encompass three chapters from the book with thought-provoking activities during each Saturday meeting.
Thanks to Chairman Gilbert, participants received a copy of The 1619 Project at no cost to ensure financial barriers would not prevent the community from taking part in this educational activity.
This is a Hy-Lo News Staff Report.