Join us as we discuss What the Word BE: Why Black English is the King’s (James) English! by author Diane Proctor Reeder. This book advances the provocative theory that the King James Bible is a significant factor in the persistence of the Black English vernacular. Reeder contends that Black English has cousins in the hills of West Virginia as well as Canada’s Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. All of these forms of English were central in the King James Bible, the ONLY book that most slaves were allowed to read. She challenges linguists, educators and all of us to affirm the significance of this truly American linguistic form.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Wednesday, February 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Meeting Room.