Let’s Talk About It – Atoka County Library

December 4, 2023

Atoka County Library will conclude the Let’s Talk About It series featuring “The Gilded Age” with “The Souls of Black Folk” by W. E. B. Du Bois on Thursday, December 7th at 6:00 PM. Scholar Sharon Burris will serve as the evening’s scholar.

“The Souls of Black Folk” is a classic work of American literature by W. E. B. Du Bois. It is a seminal work in the history of sociology and a cornerstone of African-American literary history. To develop this groundbreaking work, Du Bois drew from his own experiences as an African American in American society. Outside of its notable relevance in African American history, “The Souls of Black Folk” also holds an important place in social science as one of the early works in the field of sociology.

This book discussion will be led by Sharon Burris. Sharon Burris fully retired from Murray State College in 2021 after teaching for fourteen years in the Language Arts Department and three years as an adjunct in Murray’s Mass Communications Program, where she taught journalism-related courses and humanities. She has taught numerous literature classes for Murray, including British, Native American, and Science Fiction, as well as creative writing and composition I and II. She earned Associate Professor ranking in 2015 and was named Professor Emeritus after retiring in 2017.

This program is funded in part by Oklahoma Humanities (OH) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the program do not necessarily represent those of OH or NEH.

This program is free and open to the public. Copies of the books are available at the library.  For more information, call the Atoka County Library at (580) 889-3555 or visit us at 279 East A Street in Atoka. The Atoka County Library is a branch of the Southern Oklahoma Library System (SOLS).