Up & Coming Weekly

March 19, 2019

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12 UCW MARCH 20-26, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM e Friends of the Library present Malinda Maynor Lowery on Sunday, March 24, from 2-4:30 p.m., in the Pate Room of Headquarters Library downtown. She will discuss her lat- est book, "e Lumbee Indians: An American Struggle." "e library invited me to give a talk about my newest book, which is about the Lumbee Indians, from a community close (by)," said Lowery, associate professor of history and director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the Univer- sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "We (Lumbees) have a lot of strong ties to Fayetteville — especially to Cumberland and Hoke counties." Lowery added the book covers Lumbee history from the time of European contact to the present and addresses how the Lumbees have sustained themselves as a nation within and alongside the American nation. "e book is for people who are interested in public affairs and cur- rent issues, love books, are lifelong learners and have a special interest in Native American or North Carolina history," said Lowery. "I think the library is interested because the book matches their audience, so being invited to give a talk there is a special honor for me." e Lumbees are the largest tribe east of the Mississippi, and their population makes North Carolina the state with the largest American Indian population. ere are about 55,000 enrolled Lumbees. eir homeland is in Robeson County and all the adjoining counties, includ- ing Hoke, Cumberland, Bladen and Scotland counties. "We have a long and proud his- tory of relationships to one another and our identity is founded on our family relationships and our relation- ships to land," said Lowery. "We have developed schools, churches and farms, and we have participated in and built our own institutions as well as participating in every other kind of American institution." Lowery writes from a perspective many readers may not be familiar with. "Being a member of the Lum- bee tribe gave me a unique access to people and views that have shaped the history," she said. "It's probably fairly unusual to think about reading a native history that is written by a native person. "Many people assume that my belonging in the tribe would bias me toward a kind of celebratory version of our history, but I think it makes writing the history a lot more compli- cated because you really have to deal with the bad stuff as much as you deal with the good stuff. I feel respon- sible, as a member of the community, to tell the whole story. "My goal of this book was to make an even wider audience aware of how important Lumbees have been to those kinds of moments when we as Americans are really trying to take stock of how we are going to move forward in a more equal way." Her book will be available for pur- chase at the event. For more informa- tion, call 910-483-7727. Friends of the Library welcome Lumbee author Malinda Lowery by DR. SHANESSA FENNER Malinda Maynor Lowery (left) will discuss her latest book "e Lumbee Indians: An Ameri- can Struggle" at Headquarters Library March 24. EVENT DR. SHANESSA FENNER, Prin- cipal, WT Brown Elementary School. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200. Go Online 484-6200 www.uandcomingweekly.com Flip our pages for news, views, art and entertainment! Call and ask one of our marketing representatives to help you grown your business.

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