Author with Lincoln University Roots to Speak on Campus January 25

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LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. – An author who grew up on campus is set to share her memories at Lincoln University on January 25 as part of the Heritage speaker series and community-wide reading program.

Corinna Fales, author of the book “Different: Our Universal Longing for Community” grew up both on campus and in the Village of Lincoln University. Fales and other guests from the community will speak at 11 a.m. in the Mary Dod Brown Memorial Chapel about their experience growing up in the community and introduce the book.

An evening heritage book discussion will be held at 6 p.m. in the Langston Hughes Memorial Library on the main level.

“Different: Our Universal Longing for Community” by Corinna Fales

Guests are encouraged to read “Different” before attending the events. Copies of the book are available on Amazon and will be for sale for $15 (cash only) at the event. Attendees can also read excerpts from the book to participate in the discussions. 

At both events, guests will have the opportunity to purchase books and have them signed by the author. Opportunities for audience questions will be available at both events.

Corinna Fales, author of “Different: Our Universal Longing for Community”

“Different” plunges readers into the disturbing and contemporary terrain of the human heart, the author — a daughter of Jewish refugees — interviews individuals from Lincoln University where she grew up before passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. From a prominent Black civil-rights leader to the White son of an alleged KKK member, her interviews form an original history that illuminates our strengths and our universal difficulty with diversity.

The two events on January 25 are funded through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities with the goal to access and preserve the histories of families who lived in our neighboring black community, which was instrumental in the founding and sustainability of the University as the nation’s first degree-granting Historical Black College and University.

As part of the grant, the University also hosted Heritage Day on June 17, 2017. Invited to campus were descendants of residents of Hinsonville, an early settlement of free African American landowners and farmers (who lived where Lincoln University now stands). Attendees brought family memorabilia—including photos, funeral programs, articles, Bibles, and other family documents—to be digitized and catalogued.

Lincoln University’s campus is located in Southern Chester County at 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University, PA 19352.