A Choice of Weapons

One Minneapolis One Read

"A Choice of Weapons"

Read the book. Join the conversation. One Minneapolis One Read is Minneapolis’ community read where everyone in town is invited to read the same book. This will be the third year of the citywide "read," where the entire community is encouraged to read a single book and join in a community conversation.

The book is "A Choice of Weapons" by Gordon Parks. Gordon Parks--photographer for Life magazine, writer, composer, artist, and filmmaker--was only 16 in 1928 when he moved from Kansas to St. Paul, Minnesota, after his mother's death. This compelling autobiography, first published in 1966, tells how Parks managed to escape the poverty and bigotry around him, and launch his distinguished career, by choosing the weapons given him by "a mother who placed love, dignity, and hard work over hatred."


Thank you

We want to say a heartfelt “thank you” to everyone who has been part of making One Minneapolis One Read such a success over the past three years. As a community, we have read, “The Grace of Silence,”  “Spirit Car,” and “A Choice of Weapons.”

Moving forward, we are excited to have the support of Mayor Betsy Hodges.  We are using 2014 as a year for strategic planning with our partners for the future of One Minneapolis One Read.

For this year, Minneapolis Public Schools will continue its support of  “One Read” with faculty, students and parents, utilizing past selections to continue conversations about race, family relationships, and building a welcoming community.  With the focus on the schools this year, the City of Minneapolis, Hennepin County Library, and Minneapolis Public Schools will not select a new community-wide book for this year, but stay tuned for future announcements about One Minneapolis One Read.

As always, you can get in touch if you have questions by emailing oneread@minneapolismn.gov or by calling Jenny Chayabutr at 612-673-2509.


Get more information and or get involved in one minneapolis one read.

Email: oneread@minneapolismn.gov

Phone: Jenny Chayabutr: 612.673.2509

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