Join Evetty Satterfield on Monday, December 9 at 6:30 in the Lawson McGhee Library meeting room for a discussion of American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson.
Marie Mitchell works for the FBI during the latter years of the Cold War. She’s followed the career path of her now deceased sister. Frustrated by the lack of opportunity available to her stateside as a young black woman, she jumps at the chance at an assignment in Burkina Faso. It is here that the United States has an interest in Thomas Sankara, a young, dynamic leader who is a believer in Communist ideology. Marie befriends, seduces, and then ultimately participates in the coup that overthrows him. These actions combined with lingering questions about her sister’s death create doubt about her place in the world.
Satterfield has served as a Founding Corps Member for City Year Denver, as an Ella Baker Trainer for the Children’s Defense Fund, and as the Director of Student Services at Manor International in Abu Dhabi. She helped launch East Tennessee Freedom School and mentors emerging adults through her nonprofit, Advancing Lives. She holds a Master of Social Work from Washington University and currently serves on the Knox County School Board.