Gilbert King will lead a discussion of his Pulitzer Prize winning book, “Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library at City Island.
The nonfiction book details events that took place in Lake County in 1949 when a young lawyer named Thurgood Marshall became embroiled in a case that would help change the course of the American civil rights movement.
Patrons are encouraged to read the book and then reserve a seat for the discussion.
Reservations are required and may be made by calling Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.
The book has been part of a month-long community read based on the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read program, which is designed to “revitalize the role of literature in American culture and encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.”
This free event is part of the library’s Connecting with the Community Series, a two-year program funded in part by a partnership grant from the Florida Humanities Council.
Throughout 2014, the library is sponsoring book talks, dramatizations, panel discussions, films and music programs commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. The grant will continue into 2015, when the programming emphasis will change to contemporary issues.
Connecting with the Community programs are co-funded by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library.
For more information, call Adult Program Coordinator Deborah Shafer at 386-257-6036, ext. 16264.