Event

Pages through History: African Samurai--The True Story of Yasuke

Wednesday, February 22, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cosmos Room

This book explores the true history of Yasuke, a legendary Black warrior in feudal Japan.

For hundreds of years, Yasuke was a figure of folklore. But in the 16th Century, the man the Japanese called "Yasuke"--enslaved, brought thousands of miles from his homeland, his true name unrecorded--really did become a samurai and high-ranking retainer of the "Great Unifier" Oda Nobunaga. Piecing together his remarkable life sheds light on a key chapter in Japan's history, and on the dark side of the European "Age of Discovery."

This book is available in print format. 

This is a hybrid event with the option to participate in person or on Zoom. Online participants will receive the Zoom link in their confirmation email.

If you have questions about this event after registration has closed, please email the events team or call the library at 847-673-7774. Limited to 12 in-person participants.

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