Join us for a community read aloud and discussion of the book Three Girls From Bronzeville by Dawn Turner. The KCKPL Read Aloud aims to bring people together in our staff and community as we all share the same reading experience. The Read Aloud will culminate in the author’s zoom visit on December 2, 2021.
KCKPL Read Aloud
Thursdays from Noon – 1:30 pm
October 7, 2021 – Thursday, December 2, 2021
Join our Zoom meeting each week and listen as we read aloud and have a meaningful discussion of the topics presented in each chapter of Three Girls From Bronzeville by Dawn Turner. This read aloud is happening with permission from Simon and Schuster.
Registered participants will be emailed a Zoom link and the link will be posted here 24 hours prior to the event.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 997 9496 6046
Click here to register for the December 2nd event with Dawn Turner.
Reading and Contemplating on Your Own:
Week 1 Discussion Questions:
1. Bronzeville is ultimately a character in this book. How much does ‘place’ impact Dawn, Debra & Kim?
How many of you are familiar with Bronzeville?
2. A highly relatable feature of these early chapters is the impact females have on our lives – whether young or old. Debra is introduced as the most obvious influence. Discuss the various females in Dawn’s life and how that might be reflected in your own life.
3. As a young child, Dawn sees abuse firsthand. How impactful was it to hear her mother tell the cab driver: “This is your boss’s shit. Tell him not to come back. Ain’t nothing left.”
Week 2 Discussion Questions:
1. Changes are already beginning in Dawn, Debra and Kim’s lives. Debra going to a new school, Granny’s dislike of Debra, and separate interests. Why do you think Dawn and Debra are still so attached to each other?
2. “We like to look at the squalor and say Black people don’t keep stuff clean.” ”But downtown didn’t do what was required to sustain a healthy, functioning community. The entire deck has always been stacked favoring everyone but us.” P.79 How do the three different housing characters (Ida B. Wells, Lawless & Lake Meadows) reflect this?
3. “Dawn,” she wrote, ” why do you sound white? We are Black.” (Debra) p.83 Teachers complimented her for sounding mature. The knucklehead boys simply offered silence. Are both implied meanings about sounding white? If so, how do you imagine that feels to Dawn?
Week 3 Discussion Questions:
1. The Violation is self-explanatory. What do you think the author means by The Maiming? Do you agree with the decision to not tell Dawn’s father?
2. Why do you think Dawn chose the hair-pressing issue to take a stand? Why did Dawn’s mother take the position that she did?
3. In calling the police on Kim, Dawn seems to be at a crossroads. She has alienated both her mother and Kim. Do you think they were alienated for the same reasons? Different reasons?
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