Urban League Proudly Co-Sponsors LEARNING FROM HISTORY
Posted on April 18, 2013
LEARNING FROM HISTORY – A conversation with Lois Leveen, educator and author of The Secret Life of Mary Bowser Wednesday, May 15. Doors 6:00PM; Program 6:30-8:15PM Allen Temple CME Church 4236 NE 8th Ave, Portland
The Secrets of Mary Bowser is based on the true story of a woman born into slavery, freed and educated in the North, who returned to the South and became a Union spy in the Confederate White House. Named one of the top 10 books of 2012 by The Oregonian, the novel is introducing readers across the country to little known aspects of American history, and to a real-life African American heroine. In this conversation, author and education expert Lois Leveen will discuss how the history behind the novel offers important lessons for the twenty-first century, particularly how Mary Bowser’s journey from slavery to freedom can serve as a model as we work to achieve educational equity for all young people in Portland.There is no need to read the book before the program, although copies are available at area bookstores and will be on sale at the event for payment by cash or check. The event is appropriate for middle school and high school students as well as for adults.