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January 29, 2023

The U.S. Embassy Book Club – Black History Month

This Black History Month, celebrate diversity and inclusion in literature with the U.S. Embassy in Qatar. We’ll honor the lives and contributions of Black American authors with book readings every Wednesday at various locations in Qatar. Each February, the United States celebrates Black History Month by honoring the history, culture, and achievements of Black Americans.  This year’s theme is Black resistance and highlights how, even in the face of adversity, Black Americans persist though barriers to reach for the stars and achieve amazing accomplishments.

Register below to join the book readings.

Wednesday, February 1, at 7:00 p.m. at Volume Café, The Pearl

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious, and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.

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Wednesday, February 8, at 4:00 p.m. at EC Gift Shop, Oxygen Park

The Ship and the Jungle (Ages 5-12)

A family purchases a furniture set that takes them to a mystical island. In order to return home, they must fulfill a challenging mission while developing new-found friendships along the way.  This book invites families to follow this captivating story along with author Dr. Darius Walker.

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Wednesday, February 15, at 5:30 p.m. at Georgetown University 

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King Jr.

Written in his own words, this history-making autobiography is Martin Luther King: the mild-mannered, inquisitive child and student who rebelled against segregation; the loving husband and father who sought to balance his family’s needs with those of a growing, nationwide movement; and the reflective, world-famous leader who was fueled by a vision of equality for people everywhere.

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Wednesday, February 22, at 9:30 a.m. at Qatar National Library

Computer Decoder: Dorothy Vaughan, Computer Scientist (Ages 5-8 years; Grade 2-3)

A full-color picture book biography about Dorothy Vaughan, one of NASA’s first African American managers and one of the groundbreakers on the front line of electronic computing. Dorothy Vaughan loved things that made sense―especially numbers! In Computer Decoder: Dorothy Vaughan, Computer Scientist, elementary-aged children follow Dorothy’s journey from math teacher to human computer and beyond.

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