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The Organ Thieves – VCU Common Book 2022

Posted about 2 years ago by Ben Himmelfarb

The VCU Common Book is a university-wide initiative focused on welcoming first-year students into the vibrant intellectual culture of VCU. Through a partnership with Richmond Public Library and the Richmond Public Library Foundation, all Richmonders are given access to the book and public programs.

The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South is a 2020 book that provides a “powerful story that examines institutional racism, mortality, medical ethics and the nature of justice for Black men living in the American South” (Kirkus Reviews). The award-winning book, written by Pulitzer-nominated Richmond journalist Chip Jones, tells the story of Bruce Tucker, a Black man who went to the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond in 1968 with a head injury only to later have his heart taken out and transplanted to the chest of a white businessman.

Join us at these upcoming public programs and stop by your RPL branch if you want to read The Organ Thieves.

Organ Transplantation & Donation Today: Meet a UNOS Ambassador – Ginter Park Library – Thursday, September 22nd – 7:00 PM

Transplantation, Medical Ethics, and the Pursuit of Equity – Main Library – Thursday, September 29th – 7:00 PM

Organ Transplantation & Donation Today: Meet a UNOS Ambassador – Broad Rock Library – Thursday, October 6th – 7:00 PM

Chip Jones Author Talk – VCU Singleton Center – Wednesday, October 12th – 6:00 PM

Our Book Discussion Guide is a great resource for any reader interested in learning more. Please distribute to friends, family and fellow readers!




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