Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with authors Lori Ann LaRocco and Abby Wallace, who will discuss their new book, Embracing Your Past to Empower Your Future: Four Families Descended from Slaves Reflect on Stories of Strength, Love, and Gratitude. 

This event is part of the Washington Library's new Lunch at the Library series. A boxed lunch (including sandwich or salad, fruit, pasta, cookie, chips, and drink) will be provided.

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Add to Calendar 06/10/2024 12:00:00 06/10/2024 13:00:00 America/New_York Lunch at the Library: Embracing Your Past to Empower Your Future

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with authors Lori Ann LaRocco and Abby Wallace, who will discuss their new book, Embracing Your Past to Empower Your Future: Four Families Descended from Slaves Reflect on Stories of Strength, Love, and Gratitude. 

This event is part of the Washington Library's new Lunch at the Library series. A boxed lunch (including sandwich or salad, fruit, pasta, cookie, chips, and drink) will be provided.

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About the Book

Embracing Your Past to Empower Your Future features four families whose loved ones were enslaved. Readers will learn about Pollee and Rose Allen who survived the Clotilda, the last slave ship to illegally enter the United States. They went on to co-found Africatown near Mobile, Alabama. The book also includes the Madison family of Montpelier, as well as the Brooks family of Maryland and Mount Vernon, which is the only African American family to produce three generals in two generations. This publication is filled with never-before-seen historical documents and photos.

Also included in this book are the Quanders, one of the nation’s oldest and consistently documented Black families. The Quanders have two family trees, the result of two brothers kidnapped in Ghana in the 1600s who were sold to two different enslavers. The first family tree has its roots in Virginia (including Mount Vernon), while the second family tree is rooted in Maryland. The Quander family has a long history of civil rights activists, educators, military, and faith leaders.

This new publication is a nonprofit book where all author royalties go to the "Each One, Teach One" book stipend. All descendants of the enslaved attending college can apply for monies to go towards college books. "Each One, Teach One" is a proverb that dates back to the days of slavery. If an enslaved person learned how to read, write, or learn arithmetic. They needed to pass on that knowledge for they knew education was key to their future success.

Lori Ann LaRocco

Lori Ann LaRocco is an American Journalist who is known for personalized storytelling and her ability to make people feel comfortable and open up. She demonstrates her penchant for tackling complex topics and sensitive material in her writing. She is the author of Trade War Containers Don't Lie: Navigating the Bluster (2019), Dynasties of the Sea: The Untold Stories of the Postwar Shipping Pioneers (2018), Opportunity Knocking (2014), Dynasties of the Sea: The Shipowners and Financiers Who Expanded the Era of Free Trade (2012), and Thriving in the New Economy (2010). As Senior Editor of Guests and the Global Supply Chain reporter for CNBC, Lori Ann has the ear of some of the world's biggest business minds. She is also a trade columnist for American Shipper.

Abby Wallace

Abby Wallace is an AP (Advanced Placement) History and English student at West Milford High School in NJ. In addition to co-authoring Embracing Your Past to Empower Your Future, she enjoys creating her own stories. When Abby isn’t writing, she can often be found reading, drawing, riding horses, performing on stage, playing video games or watching anime. Abby loves to give back to others and enjoys volunteering at Pony Power Therapies, teaching kids and adults alike how to ride horses. She hopes to one day have a therapy barn of her own.

Contact

Stephen A. McLeod

Director, Library Programs

703.799.8686

smcleod@mountvernon.org

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