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Beach Reads: Selections from Uncle Wellington's Wives

"Uncle Wellington's Wives” is the tale of ill-fated Wellington Braboy, who journeys to the North, mythic land of wealth and opportunity, only to realize that life there — despite a newly-acquired white wife — proves increasingly difficult for the black man.

Perhaps the most influential African American writer of fiction around the turn of the twentieth century, Charles Waddell Chesnutt was born in 1858 to free African American parents living in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the first African American writer whose texts were published predominantly by leading periodicals such as the Atlantic Monthly and The Outlook, and major publishers, including Houghton Mifflin and Doubleday.

Chesnutt repeatedly unveiled the nation's hypocrisy in claiming social equality among the races while gradually embracing the fierce system of segregation that characterized the North and the South at that time. In 1928, he was awarded the Springarn Medal by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in recognition of his literary achievements.

At the end of the first read, Marjorie will post a link to a free copy of the story in the chat box so that those interested can read it.

Please note this Beach Read will take place over two dates, please register for each reading separately:

Part One - Friday, September 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm    and     Part Two - Wednesday, September 8, 2021 at 2:00 pm

Friday, September 03, 2021, 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM
A Zoom Meeting link is included in the confirmation and reminder emails.

Additional Info:
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This will be an online event hosted via Zoom Conferencing. You do not need a Zoom account but you will need to download and install the Zoom app on your computer or mobile device to join the event. Please email us at in advance if you need assistance installing the Zoom app. If you cannot join the event using your computer or mobile device and the Zoom app, you can join the event via teleconference and hear the audio portion. You will receive an email a day or so before the event with a link to the meeting, the Meeting ID, call-in telephone numbers and instructions for joining the meeting.

Please register on the Penn’s Village website, by emailing, or calling 215-925-7333. This program is free of charge to our members and volunteer partners. Guests may attend up to three programs before being asked to join and/or volunteer with Penn’s Village.

Penn’s Village welcomes and actively encourages an inclusive and diverse community of members, staff, Board of Directors and volunteers. Inclusiveness and diversity mean welcoming all and excluding no one because of age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, physical abilities, religious beliefs or political beliefs.
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