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Virtual Book Presentation by “Cousins” Authors: Little Rock (Arkansas Peace & Justice Memorial Movement)

January 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CST

Join us on Friday evening, January 21 for a presentation and discussion with authors Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby, authors of COUSINS: Connected through slavery, a Black woman and a White woman discover their past–and each other.

What happens when a White woman, Phoebe, contacts a Black woman, Betty, saying she suspects they are connected through slavery? A surprise. Betty responds, “Hello cousin.” Open to exploring difficult truths and sharing an admiration for Dr. Martin Luther King, they embark on a path towards reconciliation. Each tells her dramatic story – from Betty’s experience desegregating her county’s only high school to Phoebe’s eventual question to Betty: “How do I begin to repair the harms?” Piercingly honest.  Offers examples of reparations on a personal level.

All authors’ proceeds from sales of the book are donated to the Kilby Family Scholarship Fund, which offers college scholarships to descendants of the people Phoebe’s family enslaved, including Betty’s grandchildren.


U.S. Senator Tim Kaine writes, “I’m very excited about this remarkable book. I hope the experiences of Betty and Phoebe will inspire others to sit down at the table of sisterhood and brotherhood to promote racial healing.”

Social justice activist and civil rights attorney Fania Davis agrees–“Cousins is a story that could not be more timely.”

CTTT Co-Director Jodie Geddes: “Cousins is a riveting story highlighting the possibility of healing. The openness and vulnerability with which Betty and Phoebe share their stories capture you. The journey they invite us on is a story that everyone needs to read.”

CTTT Co-Director Tom DeWolf: “I LOVED Cousins; a must-read for everyone committed to racial healing and justice. Betty’s and Phoebe’s lives couldn’t have been more different, growing up. The legacy of slavery looms large here. Yet once they found, they committed to healing and repair and to building an authentic and accountable friendship.”

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January 21
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CST
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