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Inebriated with Knowledge

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Ken Stiggers

Big Roscoe: "Customers, staff, Lil' Momma Roscoe and I enjoyed last week's Hot Wing Happy Hour at Clubb Chicken Wing. We had an around-the-bar discussion regarding history, politics, society, entertainment, economics and literature. The highlight of the Hot Wing Happy Hour was Lil' Momma Roscoe's touching and inspiring story about Granddaddy Roscoe taking a literacy test to vote in the 1960s. She described how some states used literacy tests to discriminate against black voters. Granddaddy's humiliating voting experience inspired Lil' Momma Roscoe to learn to read, comprehend and understand the written word.

"Poppa Wheelie shared a story about how reading books like 'Soul on Ice' and the Bible helped him pass the time away when he was in jail for two weeks. Nurse Tootie McBride talked about how Zora Neal Hurston's book titled 'Their Eyes Were Watching God' motivated her to become a registered nurse and community activist. And Jojo said that Booker T. Washington's book 'Up From Slavery' inspired him to become an entrepreneur.

"Instead of using liquor, beer, gossip, mating rituals and partying to escape the mundane aspects of our lives, we became inebriated with knowledge and comradeship. Everyone agreed that Clubb Chicken Wing should start a weekly session of intelligent discussion and critical thinking activity.

"So come chill with the critical thinking people at Clubb Chicken Wing's Mid-Week Hot Wing Happy Hour and Book Club, where the party is jumping, grease is popping and reading is fundamental."

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