"To Kill A Mockingbird"
Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

In memory and recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. the Traverse Area District Library will host a book discussion for the 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.

Hailed as one of the most important books of the 20th century, "To Kill a Mockingbird" won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1961, was turned into an Oscar-winning movie and has sold more than 30 million copies. Published during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, 'To Kill A Mockingbird' addressed issues of tolerance and justice. Released six years after the historic Brown v. Board of Education decision, which declared school segregation unconstitutional, and four years before Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize and the Civil Rights Act was passed, Lee’s work challenged the status quo. The story of racism and redemption set in the 1930s in rural Alabama struck a chord with a country reeling in the turbulence of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement.
 
Loosely based on author Harper Lee’s personal experiences, the story is narrated by 6-year-old Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Scout’s father is Atticus Finch, a local lawyer, who defends Tom Robinson, a black man, who was falsely accused of raping a white woman.

Learn more about community wide collaborative programming and events in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Black History Month.