Jack Johnson was the first African American to earn the title of World Heavyweight Champion. In his book of narrative poetry, author Adrian Matejka explores the life of this incredible man through four distinct viewpoints - Johnson himself, and the white women he dared to love in a time of segregation and division. The Big Smoke is the NEA's 2019 Big Read book.
Celebrate the women that are making history right here in the Wabash Valley. Rebecca Moore, the Community Prevention Specialist for Council on Domestic Abuse, Inc. (CODA), a victim advocate and preventative specialist will be honored at this special event. Breakfast will be served.
Denzel Washington is Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, a young black boxer who is set to become the world's greatest boxing champion until he is wrongly imprisoned for a triple murder. Carter is set to serve a lifetime in prison until help comes from an unlikely source. Rated R. Refreshments will be served.
Grab a snack and explore free verse, rhymes, limericks, and haiku poems at this Big Read event for kids inspired by Adrian Matejka's book of poetry The Big Smoke. Write, share and read poetry at this drop-in event.
Penn State University and its beloved figure for more than 40 years Joe Paterno, head Football coach nicknamed "St. Joe" could do not wrong in the eyes of the citizens of the area known as Happy Valley. This all changed in November 2011, when the former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse. Not rated. Refreshments will be served.
Celebrate the Big Read program with a party honoring the diversity of the Wabash Valley. This event will focus on our similarities as individuals and honor our differences. Join us to enjoy food, music and activities from around the globe.
Celebrate women who are making history in the Wabash Valley and honor Phung Ly, local small business owner, chef and former refugee from the People's Republic of China. Mrs. Ly will discuss her and her husband's escape from China during the economic reform period and their subsequent flight from Vietnam during the Sino-Vietnamese War. A complimentary breakfast will be served.
Julie Otsuka, award-winning author of the NEA Big Read 2018
Selection When the Emperor Was Divine and keynote speaker for this year's
NEA Big Read programming will be offering an intimate talk about the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center.