February 21, 2014
It's the Year of the Author at The Jefferson, DC and in conjunction with our year-long series of paying homage to some of the greats at our hotel, we are excited to announce our new Jefferson Book Club.
Each month, we will post discussion questions on the blog and on our Facebook page to encourage readers of all ages to get involved.
Throughout the month of February, we've been reading the classic, Roots, by Alex Haley. Roots tells the story of Kunta Kinte who was kidnapped in Gambia in 1767 and transported to the Province of Maryland to be sold into slavery. This work eventually became a popular series on TV and Haley was presented with the Pulitzer Prize in 1977.
Once Roots had been published, there was a spark of controversy as Haley claimed to be a seventh-generation descendant of Kunta Kinte, while others disputed the fact.
To this day, while the accuracy of Haley's claims may still be in question there is no denying that Roots is a classic tale.
Our question for the month is: Does reading Roots give you a greater sense of connection to or curiosity about your own family's background?
We want you to share your story and your thoughts with us! Feel free to post on the blog or on our Facebook page using #jeffersonbookclub.