Virtual Book Club: An American Marriage

May 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Despite the stay-at-home order due to COVID-19, The Next Generation Society is hosting a book club for all ACLU supporters and friends! Next Generation Society's book club discusses books that are important to the work of the ACLU. Though we won’t be able to gather in person, join us on May 14 at 7pm to enjoy interesting discussion and hear from issue expert Nusrat Jahan Choudhury, the ACLU of Illinois Legal Director.

An American Marriage

For our book club on May 14, we will be discussing An American Marriage, by Tayari Jones. The book focuses on the marriage of Roy and Celestial, an African-American couple in Atlanta whose lives are torn about when Roy is wrongfully convicted of a crime he did not commit.

To enrich our discussion, we will hear from ACLU of Illinois Legal Director Nusrat Choudhury, who joined the ACLU of Illinois after 12 years at the ACLU national office, most recently as Deputy Director of the Racial Justice Program. Nusrat has an extensive background fighting against the criminalization of poverty and has lead litigation and advocacy to end debtors’ prisons in the south, stop police from racially profiling in Milwaukee, and challenge the FBI’s targeting of Black activists based on race and speech. The ACLU of Illinois is delighted to have Nusrat on board, and we are thrilled to have her with us at our upcoming Book Club.

If the cost of the book is prohibitive to your attendance, please reach out to Emmalee Scott at