Gregory School Lectures

Library: The African American Library at the Gregory School

Date: 3/16/2019

Room: Gregory School Reading Room

Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Type: Author Visits, Featured Event, Lecture

Age Group: adults

White Nights, Black Paradise: Understanding Jonestown

Over forty years ago, on November 18, 1978, more than 900 people died in a mass murder-suicide at the Peoples Temple Settlement in Jonestown, Guyana. Decades later, the Jonestown massacre remains one of the most controversial and studied events in American history. Yet, although the majority of the Jonestown massacre victims were Black women and children, Black women’s voices remain marginalized in Jonestown literature.

Prolific author and scholar Dr. Sikivu Hutchinson will explore the social, historical, and political factors that influenced Black peoples’ involvement in the Peoples Temple movement and their emigration to Jonestown.. In order to ensure that the tragedy of Jonestown isn’t repeated, it’s important to examine and learn from the lessons of the past.  Join us as we welcome Dr. Hutchinson to The Gregory School for this special event.