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New book and film discussion series to launch

ALPENA, Mich.– Starting next week, copies of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl will be available for free at the United Way office on Waters Street. The committee will be hosting a discussion on October 7 via Zoom, reviewing the book’s content. The committee invites people from all walks of life to read the book and join the discussion.

Spokesperson Dorothy Haase hopes that the program will help open a conversation about slavery’s lasting impact on the United States.

“Although we’re certainly not exposed to slavery now… we want to talk about how people think slavery has affected how things are now. How can we make the connection from then to now?”

November’s discussion will focus on the film “Just Mercy,” and December’s discussion will be centered on a short YouTube documentary.