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Riverside BookClub- June

June 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

On Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., Riverside’s Book Club meets to review The Marrow of Tradition by Charles Chestnut. They meet to review this book less than a month after White Supremacist Payton Gendron shot ten African Americans and wounded three others in Buffalo, New York.

Gendron’s online publications indicate he was a proponent of the “Great Replacement Theory”. Gendron is not the originator of this theory. It can be traced back at least as far back as the fall of Reconstruction after the Civil War. That is the period in which author Charles Chestnut wrote his novel. The Book Club meets to discuss the book less than a month following the shootings.

The storyline and characterizations take place in the wake of the Wilmington Massacre was November 8, 1898. Other themes to be explored are fears of miscegenation and interracial love, and the Christian/Social Justice response.  Moderators are Riversiders, Dennis Llewellyn Day and Marcella Bullmaster-Day.


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Dennis Llewellyn Day’s lifelong passion has been to bring stories and audiences together through his work as singer, educator, human services leader, writer, and filmmaker across a variety of urban centers; Nashville, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York City. These broad experiences led him in 2003 to create and incorporate D-Day Media Group.

Dennis earned his B.A in Sociology from Fisk University, where he was as a conferee of the Fisk Race Relations Institute (now the John R. Lewis Institute for Social Justice). He received a Ford Foundation Fellowship at the University of Chicago, where he earned his MA in Adult and Continuing Education. In 2010, he graduated with an MA in Media Studies from Long Island University.

He served as Police Community Relations Organizer for the Illinois Human Relations Commission, as Assistant Superintendent of School District #428 for the Illinois Department of Corrections Adult Division, and as a Staff Analyst for the Illinois General Assembly Speaker of the House in Springfield, Illinois. Later, in Philadelphia, he was appointed Supervisor of School Extension Programs with oversight for adult evening school literacy, GED administration, immigrant resettlement education, and vocational education services to eligible inmates in several Pennsylvania correctional facilities. Dennis taught Introductory courses in criminology and sociology at Delaware Technical Community College. He served on the Eastern Regional Fulbright Scholarship Selection Committee and as a consultant to Positive Futures, a project funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, designing criminal-justice curricular initiatives in HBCUs. He also served as Northern Virginia Youth Community Services Director of Staff Training and Intake for juvenile wards of the State.

Later, in New York, Dennis attained teacher and administrator certification, taught Special Education classes at I.S./P.S  52 in Washington Heights, served as Interim Director of the Boys Club of Harlem, taught courses in  Adult Learning Strategies at the College of New Rochelle, served on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center, and was Director of New York City’s Job TAP Center #1, where helped lead the implementation of New York City’s first successful Welfare-to-Work Program.

Appointed Director of the New York State Department of Housing Affirmative Action, Diversity Management and Development Programs, Dennis’s office provided guidance and technical assistance to write the NYS Consolidated plan for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing. Governor Pataki selected him to serve on the NYS Observance Planning Committee to oversee development and implementation of New York’s first Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Day commemoration, subsequently held each year in Albany.

Dennis’s articles have appeared in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, Washington’s Capitol City Spotlight, the Staten Island Advance, the Gannett-Westchester News, the Times of Northwest Indiana, the New York Daily Challenge, and the New York Amsterdam News, where he interned as a reporter. In 1996, he traveled to Russia with a cadre of journalists from the Atlanta-based Russian Center for Church Multiplication and reported on the underground church in the time of Perestroika after the breakup of the USSR. As an assistant researcher for Tony Carnes’ book, New York Glory:Religions in the City, Dennis conducted interviews about the diversity of religious life in New York. He retired as Director New York State’s DHCR Division of Housing and Community Renewal’s Office of Rent Administration located in Central Harlem in 2007.

Throughout his career, Dennis also fostered his love of singing, performing and releasing three albums; For Only You, All Things in Time, and Bossa, Blues, and Ballads, as well as his original single Sunday Morning Sunshine.

In 2003 Dennis founded D-Day Media Group (DDMG). DDMG’s mission is to promote cultural and global community through original and shared content focused upon documenting the stories, talents, and experiences of a wide array of diverse American and global citizens, especially those of the African Diaspora. This includes music offered by DDMG Records, film and video, social and cultural commentary, reviews, educational forums, biographies, interviews, and photojournalism. D-Day Media Group seeks to uphold our shared democratic ideals and to strengthen one Global Village that strives to be inclusive, better informed, and committed to developing a more just and tolerant society. A certified producer of television programming for Manhattan Neighborhood Network’s MNN public Affairs channels, Dennis produced a series of episodes of his original show, Global Village Talk, featuring a plethora of subjects, including An Evening with Bishop TuTu at The Riverside Church, Good Hair vs Bad Hair, an Interview about black representation and self-esteem with Dr. bel hooks, This Far by Faith with Journalist Juan Williams, and his original documentary 9/11 Unfinished Business.

Dennis regularly blogs at https://ddaymediablog.wordpress.com/. He has two daughters and two granddaughters.



Dr. Marcella Bullmaster-Day’s vocation and enduring professional interests are learning and teaching in U.S. urban schools and communities. She has worked as a teacher, principal, mentor, university professor, and professional development consultant in urban educational contexts.

Her early career in urban education included 19 years in Christian ministry with the World Impact organization, first in South Central Los Angeles, and then in Newark, New Jersey, where she directed large year-round, multi-age youth programs, and then served as founding principal of Newark Christian School. Subsequently, she worked as a Research Associate for the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, taught in the New York City public school system, and worked as a professional development consultant through Bank Street College of Education, New Visions for Public Schools, the Lorraine Monroe Leadership Institute, and the National Urban Alliance.

Marcella’s other professional roles have included Executive Director of Curriculum and then Senior Research Consultant for Kaplan K12 Learning Services, Program Chair for Kaplan University’s Graduate School of Education, and Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University and at New York University. Since 2007, she has worked at Touro University, first as Director of the Touro University Lander Center for Educational Research, and currently as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the Graduate School of Education.


June 11
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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