Little Africa Book Club Brings College Students, Professors, Business Owners, and Community Members TogetherThe Little Africa Book Club launched successfully with a diverse group of college students, professors, business owners, and community leaders having a lively interchange on a variety of topics emerging from the book, Americanah, by popular author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. There was also a sample of wine from Gabrielskloof in South Africa that has a long history of winemaking with historical records indicating production in the early 1800’s. Members also enjoyed African food served at Snelling Cafe.

Located at Snelling Café in the Little Africa business and cultural district, the book club is an attempt to celebrate the arts and culture of people of African descent and at the same time promote local economic development. Gene Gelgelu, welcomed and introduced the leaders of the book club – Dr. Debra Beilke of Concordia University and Mr. Hassan Hussein, poet, author, professor and Executive Director of Oromo Community of Minnesota. Dr Beilke made some introductory remarks and opened the forum for conversation. Mr Hussein shared personal reflections on the book. Wide ranges of issues from the author’s portrayal of culture to the immigrant experience were discussed at the meeting.

The next meeting of the Little Africa Book Club is scheduled for mid-January, 2015. For more information contact Gene Gelgelu, Executive Director of African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS), ggelgelu@aeds-mn.org.

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