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Mount Vernon Library Panel Will Examine 'Native Son'

The Mount Vernon Library will host a panel discussion on "Native Son" Feb. 29.
The Mount Vernon Library will host a panel discussion on "Native Son" Feb. 29. Photo Credit: File

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- A Black History Book Discussion on “Native Son” by Richard Wright is set for Monday, Feb. 29 at the Mount Vernon Library.

A panel discussion will examine whether the conditions and circumstances that prevailed during Bigger Thomas’ time still exist today.

The panel will include.

Brian G. Johnson, Esq., former President of the Mount Vernon Public Library Board of Trustees and a current board trustee. He is also a founding and current member of Mount Vernon Public Library Foundation.

A lawyer, he served as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City of Mount Vernon’s Law Department for over 12 years and is currently the Deputy Commissioner of the City’s Planning and Community Development Department.

Shawna Marie Aarons-Cooke, a licensed clinical social worker and author. She is the Founder and CEO of Healing Truth Center, as well as the Director for Mental Health Programs at The Guidance Center of Westchester.

Trustee Darren M. Morton, Ed.D is involved with social action, urban ministry, college administration, student development and leadership. He is currently Adjunct Professor at The College of New Rochelle.

Light refreshments will be served.

Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the circulation desk.

For more information, contact Nishan Stepak at

The discussion will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Grace Greene Baker Community Room, Mount Vernon Library, 28 South First Ave., Mount Vernon.

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