YWCA asks for gently used books

Feb. 23, 2013 @ 03:23 PM

The city and the YWCA need “The Help” from the community to focus on women’s issues and racial equality.
YWCA of High Point is asking the community for gently used copies of “The Help,” a book by Kathryn Stockett. Copies of the book can be dropped off at the YWCA.
The YWCA partners with the Human Relations Commission for its Front Porch Conversations series on March 21.
“In March, we will have a discussion about the role of domestic help in the past and today,” said Heidi Majors, YWCA executive director.
The donated books will be given to a reading group at Leslie’s House that started a weekly book club.
The club consists of about 25 women that will join the YWCA and High Point Human Relations Commission at the Front Porch Conversations session at 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at the YWCA, 112 Gatewood Ave. It is free and open to the public.
The mission of Leslie’s House is to provide a safe haven for homeless women without dependents. Front Porch Conversations’ purpose is to raise awareness about various social issues, not just in this community but around the world, Majors said.
“The Help” was written about women and their domestic help in Jackson, Miss., in the 1960s.
“In previous times, you saw African-Americans in white homes, and today you see Latinos in African-American homes and white homes,” Majors said. “We’re going to be looking at those systems.”
“This program offers an opportunity for citizens to participate in a discussion they may not have an opportunity to participate in otherwise,” said Al Heggins, director of Human Relations Commission. “The atmosphere is relaxed, informal, and welcoming; very much like the front porches, indicative of easy Southern culture.”
This season’s series has a dual theme of race amity and women’s equality.
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