The Oak Bluffs Library is turning the circumstances of the pandemic to its advantage, inviting an African monarch to take part in the library's annual Sankofa Festival of African-American Literature & Culture Friday.

The online event, a round-table discussion on the topic The Resonance of Africa in African-American Culture, takes place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Zoom and will be simulcast on the Oak Bluffs Library Facebook page, according to an announcement from the library.

Others slated to take part include Dr. Sylvie Djousse, Eric Garvin & Kevin Thompson of Cross World Africa, and activist Caroline Hunter. The discussion will be moderated by James Jennings. Tickets are available online and more information is posted at