Black History Month Teen Book Club: Black Was The Ink

9650 Muirkirk Road
Laurel, MD 20708
(301) 377-7817
  • Presented By: Montpelier House Museum
  • Dates: 2/22/2024, 2/29/2024
  • Location: Montpelier Historic Site
  • Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
  • Price: Age: 14-18
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    eens! Join the Black History Month book club! Montpelier House Museum is pairing up with the Howard County Library System (HCLS), Savage Branch, most Thursdays evenings in February for discussions and activities on Black Was the Ink, a time-bending tale by Howard University alum Michelle Coles. In this fictional story informed by actual events, D.C. teen Malcolm Williams keeps falling asleep and waking up 160 years ago–during the Reconstruction, right after the Civil War. But instead of being in his own body, he’s in the body of an ancestor, Cedric Johnson, who served as an aid to some of the first African American statesmen ever elected in U.S. history. As Cedric, Malcolm fights to end the KKK’s reign of terror, meets Sojourner Truth, and dines in some of the first and finest integrated, Black-owned restaurants in D.C. In all the back and forth between 1866 and the present day, Malcolm sees what has – and hasn’t – changed in the last 160 years, and how he can make a difference.

    Please note, that the book club meets in person at the Savage Branch library on Feb. 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Registration is required. Sessions include presentations by community members who were active in the Civil Rights Movement and other important events. At the final session (Feb. 29) we’ll be joined by the author via Zoom for Q & A. Capacity for the book club is limited, but the author session is open to the public.

    For more information, or to register for the book club or author session, visit the Howard County Library System (HCLS) website.