The Northeast Book Club met again on May 24 with 10 members in attendance. The book under discussion was A Lesson before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. This is the story of two young black men–Jefferson, a school dropout on death row, and Grant, a first generation college graduate and school teacher–both facing issues of racial oppression.
Some Northeast book club members expressed their disgust at the racial bias and social injustices perpetrated against Jefferson, who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. As a result, he was sentenced to death for the murder of a liquor store owner and two other men.