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Book Club: Born a Crime
May 24, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
UNC staff are invited to join the Employee Forum book club on May 24, 2018 from 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. at 3100 Michael Hooker Research Center. We will discuss the book Born a crime by Trevor Noah. The book can be purchased at a special discount online or in the store at Bulls Head Book Shop. Register at http://tinyurl.com/ycjb2mlw to attend!
Born a Crime is an engaging, fast-paced and vivid read, traversing Noah’s early childhood, confined by the absurdities of apartheid, where he could not walk openly with either of his parents, where he was often closeted inside his grandmother’s two-roomed home, where he was mistaken for white, through to his troubled years at school, his brief incarceration and to his budding success as a hustler selling pirated CDs and DJing at parties.
Noah was “born a crime” because his Xhosa mother had conceived a child with a white Swiss-German, which was illegal at the time. And while Noah was born in 1984, in the turbulent dying days of apartheid (he was only six when Nelson Mandela was freed from prison in 1990), the world into which he was delivered was riven with the deep scars of history.