Watch President Obama, Ava DuVernay on the L.A. Occasions Ebook Membership

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Former President Obama joins the L.A. Occasions Neighborhood Ebook Membership tonight to debate his memoir “A Promised Land” with filmmaker Ava DuVernay.

The free digital occasion will stream at 7 p.m. PDT on YouTube, Fb and Twitter. Enroll on Eventbrite.

Each month, The Occasions invitations all of Los Angeles to learn the identical ebook, then hosts a dialogue with the writer. “A Promised Land” is the ebook membership’s April choice.

Obama joins ebook membership readers for a dialog about his bestselling memoir with DuVernay, an award-winning author, producer and director who grew up in Lengthy Seashore.

“A Promised Land” is the primary of two volumes about Obama’s life and unbelievable street to the White Home. His story begins with a younger man struggling to seek out his place on the earth, a journey that begins in earnest when he arrives in Los Angeles in 1979 to attend Occidental School.

On this excerpt from Chapter 1, Obama describes his political awakening in Southern California as a school freshman. “What did seize my consideration was one thing broader and fewer standard — not political campaigns however social actions, the place extraordinary folks joined collectively to make change,” he writes. “I turned a pupil of the suffragists and early labor organizers. … Most of all I used to be impressed by the younger leaders of the civil rights motion — not simply Dr. King, however John Lewis and Bob Moses, Fannie Lou Hamer and Diane Nash.”

Occasions White Home reporter Eli Stokols calls “A Promised Land” a fast-moving narrative that “places the reader within the room at defining moments.” This quantity covers the primary 2½ years of Obama’s presidency and concludes with the killing of Osama bin Laden. “The ticktock of the raid’s secret planning and execution is exhilarating, however Obama displays on the cathartic euphoria of the aftermath,” Stokols says in his evaluation.

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