Local author James Abraham takes over Black History Month lectures

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James Abraham, author of “Century: A People’s History of Charlotte County,” will resume his informative, in-depth, and fascinating lecture series on race relations during Black History Month at FGCU (located at the Military Heritage Museum, 900 W. Marion Ave., Punta Gorda) during Black History Month.

The four conferences take place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays. Attendees can register for the series (MM4759) for $100 or individual lectures for $30.

The individual lessons are as follows:

¦ Right to vote – January 31

Class Code: MM4760

A new round of vote-restricting bills is setting America back, returning to the days of poll taxes, property requirements, and other devices to reduce and limit the right to vote. Why? Let’s look at who benefits from such tactics and why they have become a permanent part of the political system.

¦ Black on black crime – February 7

Class Code: MM4761

Crime in the black community, from the burning of stores to violence against individuals, is often the most searing indictment of black leaders, who seem unable to stop racial suicide. But is that the problem many have presented, and how race-specific is black-on-black crime?

¦ A white man’s country – the 21st of February

Class Code: MM4762

When the insurgents stormed the capital on January 6, 2021, they inherited a proud and mythical tradition started by their equally uninformed and often undereducated political backgrounds, which allegedly destroyed the White House during the inauguration of Andrew Jackson in 1829. The source of white supremacy is as enduring as the nation. Let’s examine why and how we can contain America’s original sin.

¦ Disparate justice, desperate justice – February 28

Class code: MM4763

Bittersweet comedian Richard Pryor once described the American justice system as “just us,” a process by which people of color are given sentences that are often far greater than those given to whites for the same crimes. Justice is the mirror of a nation; examine its societal control system and you will understand who runs this society and why.

To register for the entire series or individual lectures, call 239-434-4737 or visit fgcuacademy.asapconnected.com. ¦

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