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Reading and Book Signing on September 16

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Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 12:45pm to 2:00pm
Mott Room
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We are honored to be able to get Kitsi Watterson, a long-time attender at our Meeting, to do a reading and book signing of My People Singing: Voices of African American Princeton, her recently-published, highly acclaimed book about the history of African Americans in Princeton, New Jersey. The event will take place on Sunday, September 16 at 12:45 in the Lucretia Mott Room.

The book has garnered accolades! A few responses from readers are included here:

An extraordinary and most necessary book, I Hear My People Singing recasts American history as a whole by presenting in their own words the full lives of black Princetonians, lives forged within the utterly everyday Americanness of enslavement, segregation, and insult. This book is so very welcome, now that we are facing up to the realities of white supremacy in even so admirable a place as Princeton. Thank you, Kathryn Watterson, for letting us hear from these Princetonians so long behind the veil.
—Nell Irvin Painter, author of The History of White People 

Kathryn Watterson has devoted her entire life as a writer to issues of justice. From the American prison system to women’s rights and the stories of people of color, few writers in this country have captured the humanity and heroism of the disenfranchised like Watterson. I Hear My People Singing stands alone in its telling of stories untold, stories intrinsic to understanding the unwritten history of America. At this moment in time, this beautiful book is essential reading.   
--Emily Mann, Artistic Director, McCarter Theatre 

I Hear My People Singing sang to me. The voices feel like those of friends and parents’ friends, and children’s friends, and I laugh with them and shake my head and smile and hold them—or rather, they ride along with me through the day. Bless you, Kitsi Watterson, for holding up the mirror to this community as you have for women in prison and others.  We have so many unfunhouse mirrors in print to distort and exploit. The generosity and clarity of this collection feels healing. It’s a choir in print for sure."
--Lorene Cary, author, Black Ice

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