Explore Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" with the LEP Global Book Club!

Greetings from the SLC Language Exchange Program

We are thrilled to invite students to join our Fall 2019 LEP Global Book Club! Each semester, we expand our perspectives by engaging with literature from around the world. As we join the campus in commemorating 400 Years of Resistance to Slavery and Injustice, this semester we will be reading Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo."

Written in 1931 and published just last year, Barracoon chronicles Hurston’s conversations with Cudjo Kossula Lewis, one of the last survivors of the Atlantic Slave trade. By staying true to Kossula’s spoken vernacular, Hurston provides an authentic and intimate look at his life–from his upbringing in West Africa, to his horrific experience crossing the Middle Passage, to his significant role in founding Africatown. This timely book gives us the opportunity to examine the lasting legacy of slavery and recognize the African American community’s centuries of resistance.