BOOKS + FILM
BPL@Night Presents A Journey on the Trail of Tears
May 28, 2013
In January of 2011, Ron Cooper, a member of the Comanche Nation of Oklahoma, began walking the Northern Route of the Cherokee Trail of Tears National Historic Trail as a personal adventure of self-reflection. Much to his surprise, he quickly became an ambassador for education, a catalyst for further conservation of the Trail, and a symbol of tribal unity and pride. While enduring the worst winter in recent memory, Cooper walked hundreds of miles retracing the steps of the Native Americans forced to move west in the 1830s.
Cooper will discuss his book It’s My Trail, Too: A Comanche Indian’s Journey on the Cherokee Trail of Tears, and share the best of the thousands of photos he took on his journey. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing.
BPL@Night is a series of high quality evening performances offered free-of-charge by Birmingham Public Library in an effort to bring enriching cultural programs to downtown Birmingham and the city’s neighborhoods. BPL@Night highlights local and regional performers that reflect the diversity of our community and draw from a wide range of personal experience. Through programs such as these, the library seeks to provide Birmingham citizens of all ages opportunities for entertainment, ongoing education, and personal growth.