What Is the Color of Beauty?

Monday, March 4, 2024
Area : Indian River County
Venue : Indian River State College, Richardson Center
6155 College Lane Vero Beach 32966

Carolyn Nelson, Executive Director, Friends After Diagnosis in Vero Beach, will consider that question when she reviews The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, at a Book Review Breakfast sponsored by the AAUW (American Association of University Women). The breakfast is 9:30-11am on Monday, March 4, in the Richardson Center of Indian River State College, 6155 College Lane, Vero Beach.

The Bluest Eye is a powerful examination of our obsession with beauty and conformity that asks questions about race, class, and gender with subtlety and grace.

In Toni Morrison’s acclaimed novel, Pecola Breedlove — an 11-year-old Black girl in an America whose love for its blond, blue-eyed children can devastate all others — prays for her eyes to turn blue. Why? So that she will be beautiful, so that people will look at her, so that her world will be different. This is the story of the nightmare at the heart of her yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment.

Carolyn Nelson is Executive Director of Friends After Diagnosis, a 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of women diagnosed with cancer. “Friends” offers support groups, wellness programs, personal services, events, and networking to help survivors feel connected and secure in a community that truly cares.

The Book Review Breakfast is free and open to the public, although donations of new or gently used children’s books are encouraged. The books are used to stock the local AAUW’s four “Little Free Libraries” for children in the community.

AAUW-Vero Beach is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, whose purpose is to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. We support scholarships, grants and programs for women and girls in Indian River County.