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Author discusses legacy of slave trade

April 6, 2010

KALAMAZOO--Author Thomas DeWolf will be at Western Michigan University Thursday and Friday, April 8-9, for screening and discussion on the film "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North," as well as other events surrounding his book and the making of the film.

DeWolf wrote "Inheriting the Trade" after he joined Katrina Browne and eight distant cousins on their life-altering journey to Rhode Island, Ghana and Cuba, to make the film which discovers Browne's New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. A free film screening and discussion will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in The Little Theatre. The event is sponsored by the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society.

On Friday, Wolfe will host a luncheon and book signing from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 2020 of the Fetzer Center. He will discuss his book that details how his family splintered over the painful realities of its legacy and was then able to put itself back together again and embark on a mission to encourage dialogue on the healing of America's racial scars. The cost for the luncheon and a signed copy of the book is $15 for seniors, SMBHS members and students, and $20 for other attendees.

A free reception for teachers and administrators to talk with DeWolfe about how the film and book can be integrated into the curriculum will be from 4 to 6 p.m. at the YWCA of Greater Kalamazoo, 353 E. Michigan Ave. Friday's events are co-sponsored by the Fetzer Center and the Race Exhibit Initiative-Southwest Michigan.

To register, contact heritagesociey@charter.net.

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Media contact: Deanne Puca, (269) 387-8400, deanne.puca@wmich.edu

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