February 16, 2013 8:46:52 PM
"What was it like growing up in Mississippi?" This is a question heard many times in the Magnolia State -- even by those who didn't grow up here. Or else, "Now tell me the truth -- what was it really like?"
Friends of the Library will explore this thought-provoking topic with Wil Colom at the next Table Talk on Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the second floor meeting room of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library at 314 Seventh St. N.
Colom, a native of Ripley, has chosen Anne Moody's memoir, "Coming of Age in Mississippi," to serve as a foundation for discussion. In her book, Moody writes about her life in the Mississippi Delta, growing up as a gifted child in an impoverished black family during a particularly unenlightened time. She discusses how she was hindered and how she was helped -- sometimes in surprising ways and by unexpected people. While Moody, a famed community organizer during the Civil Rights era, does not shy away from a frank discussion of the overt racism that surrounded her, she does it in a way that highlights the hope and the power that are so inherent to the ability to change both ourselves and the circumstances that seek to contain us.
Colom is no stranger to Columbus. He has been a prominent attorney here for many years and is known throughout the region, state and nation for his many good works, said Beth Imes, Friends of the Library board member. His own life story -- his own tales of growing up in Mississippi and the reason he ultimately chose his native state as home for his family -- will be a part of the narrative.
"Table Talk allows us to informally gather together to listen to and discuss amazing topics," said Imes. "I'm looking forward to hearing Wil present Anne Moody's 1968 memoir as well as hearing remembrances from the audience. The South is full of mystery, secrets and emotions and it is always astounding for me to discover another nugget of our history; whether it's something that brings pride or shame. No doubt there will be interesting dialogue with our thoughts about Mississippi -- how it has changed and how it can change."
Bring lunch at 11:30 a.m. to socialize before the program. Iced tea will be provided. Colom will begin speaking at noon. There is no charge and everyone is welcome. "Please come prepared to share reflections of your own 'Coming of Age' in Mississippi," encouraged Imes.