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Overview

The Mayor Demings' MLK Initiative Book Club is the brainchild of the Education and Literacy Subcommittee of the MLK Initiative. The goal is to foster a love for literature by promoting books based on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s values. Those values include: kindness, fairness and equality, love, selflessness, education, leadership, and hope. Books titles are selected by members of the MLK Initiative and Mayor Jerry L. Demings. Residents are encouraged to participate by finding the selections in their local library and enjoying these inspirational works.

Current Book

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Honor by Thrity Umrigar

Book Review

In this riveting and immersive novel, bestselling author Thrity Umrigar tells the story of two couples and the sometimes dangerous and heartbreaking challenges of love across a cultural divide.

Indian American journalist Smita has returned to India to cover a story, but reluctantly: long ago she and her family left the country with no intention of ever coming back. As she follows the case of Meena—a Hindu woman attacked by members of her own village and her own family for marrying a Muslim man—Smita comes face to face with a society where tradition carries more weight than one’s own heart, and a story that threatens to unearth the painful secrets of Smita’s own past. While Meena’s fate hangs in the balance, Smita tries in every way she can to right the scales. She also finds herself increasingly drawn to Mohan, an Indian man she meets while on assignment. But the dual love stories of Honor are as different as the cultures of Meena and Smita themselves: Smita realizes she has the freedom to enter into a casual affair, knowing she can decide later how much it means to her.

In this tender and evocative novel about love, hope, familial devotion, betrayal, and sacrifice, Thrity Umrigar shows us two courageous women trying to navigate how to be true to their homelands and themselves at the same time.

Book Nominator

Delitza Fernandez, Member, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative

Reading this book strengthen my desire to continue advocating for those who can't advocate for themselves. It reminded me of how blessed I am for everything I have and the privileges I sometimes take for granted. This book is a great example of the meaning of unconditional love.

Beautifully written, Honor is a powerful and moving book about love, sacrifice, and loss. Honor is one of those books that’s not always easy to read but unquestionably easy to recommend.

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Previous Books

Book Nominator Resources
The Servant Leader by James A. Autry Robert Henlon, Fierce Entertainment Management LLC.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult Lisa Bachman, The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead Kelly Quintero, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Why We Can't Wait by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Jerry L. Demings, Orange County Mayor
Becoming by Michelle Obama Latisha Thompson, Orlando Utilities Commission
His Truth is Marching On by Jon Meacham, afterword by John Lewis Vera Gray, Orange County Resident, District 5
Across That Bridge by John Lewis Doreen Overstreet, Orange County Staff Member
A Promised Land by Barack Obama Lucas Boyce, Orange County Staff Member & District 2 Resident
Dear Martin by Nic Stone Beth Jackson, Orange County Staff Member
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Kasey Brinkley, Orange County Staff Member & District 5 Resident
The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Shally Wong, Orange County Staff Member & District 4 Resident
The Power of a Positive Team by Jon Gordon Roneisha M. Randall, MLK Jr. Initiative Member, Orange County Resident,
District 6
Portraits of Peace by John Noltner Lisa Bachman, MLK Jr. Initiative Co-Chair