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Long Road to Hard Truth, with Judge Robert L. Wilkins

Event Type: Adult Program
Date: 3/15/2017
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
Description:
 Hear U.S. Circuit Court Judge Robert L. Wilkins share the history behind the creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture as he discusses his new book Long Road to Hard Truth.

Long Road to Hard Truth chronicles the early history in creating a monument for Black soldiers during the Civil War and later evolving to a national museum. The book details the endless obstacles through the decades including political machinations to deliberate maneuverings in blocking the construction of a museum to world events that put it at the bottom of priorities.

It is also a memoir of Judge Wilkins’ intensely emotional role in reviving the idea of the museum, and encountering years of political roadblocks, but also the honor of becoming a member of the Presidential Commission that planned the museum, to finally turning a 100-year old desire into reality—a museum that will gather, preserve, celebrate, the facts and artifacts of African American history and culture.

Long Road to Hard Truth chronicles the early history in creating a monument for Black soldiers during the Civil War and later evolving to a national museum. The book details the endless obstacles through the decades including political machinations to deliberate maneuverings in blocking the construction of a
museum to world events that put it at the bottom of priorities. It is also a memoir of Judge Wilkins intensely emotional role in reviving the idea of the museum, and encountering years of political roadblocks, but also the honor of becoming a member of the Presidential Commission that planned the museum, to finally turning a 100-year old desire into reality—a museum that will gather, preserve, celebrate, the facts and artifacts of African American history and culture.

Co-sponsored with the Race Relations and Diversity Task Force.

The Book Beat of Oak Park will be selling copies of Long Road to Hard Truth and Judge Wilkins will be signing books after his lecture.
Library: Baldwin Public Library
Location: Rotary Tribute and Donor Rooms Combined
Status: Closed