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Racial Justice Book Club

Who We Are:

Formed in 2020, club members introduce a book they’d like to read, or if accessible to all, a video or audio pertinent to the subject. We all vote on a favorite selection a month in advance. The person whose selection is chosen leads our discussion for that title.

What We Read:

After reading/listening to book (or watching movie, podcast) about race and/or multicultural issues, we discuss what stands out, or how it impacts one’s perspective. Although our thoughts are primarily on the state of racial justice in the U.S. today, we welcome all points of view.

When We Meet:

Second Monday of each month at 6:30 PM CTS. For now, our meetings will be virtual on Zoom. Check for selection @ 

How To Join:

Contact JD at with your email address for invite link.


Monday, March 28 @ 6:30 PM- The 1619 Project by Nicole Hannah-Jones (Ch. 1-6)
Monday, April 11 @ 6:30 PM- The 1619 Project by Nicole Hannah-Jones (Ch. 7-13)
Monday, May 9  @ 6:30 PM- The 1619 Project by Nicole Hannah-Jones (Ch. 14-18)
Monday, June 13 @ 6:30 PM- Negroland by Margo Jefferson (RESCHEDULED FOR JUNE 20TH DUE TO WEATHER)
Monday, July 11 @ 6:30 PMThe Three Mothers by Anna Malaika Tubbs


Monday, October 11 @ 6:30 PM - Three Girls from Bronzeville by Dawn Turner
Monday, September 20 @ 6:30 PM - On Juneteenth by Annette Gordon-Reed
Monday, August 9, @ 6:30 PM - The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGee 
Monday, July 12 @ 6:30 PM - The Night Watchman by Louise Erdich
Monday, June 15 @ 6:30 PM - Philly D.A by PBS Independent Lens series
MondayMay 10 @ 6:30 PM - Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger by Richard Wilkerson and Kate Pickett
Monday, April 12 @ 6:30 PM - My Grandmother's Hands by Resmaa Menakem
Monday, March 8 @ 6:30 PM -Amend: The Fight for America series on Netflix
Monday, February 8 @ 6:30 PM -The Violence Inside Us by Chris Murphy
Monday, January 11 @ 6:30 PM- You'll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey by Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar



Monday, December 20 @ 6:30 PM- Caste:The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Monday, November 9 @ 6:30 PM - A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn (Ch. 11-20)
Tuesday, September 29 @ 7 PM - A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn (Ch. 1-10)

Monday, August 31 @ 7 PM - Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago's South Side by Eve L. Ewing
Monday, July 27 @ 7 PM - Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations about Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Paperback Fiction

Songs in Ursa Major
By: Brodie, Emma
Last Graduate
By: Novik, Naomi
Embassy Wife
By: Crouch, Katie
She Who Became the Sun
By: Parker-Chan, Shelley
Rock Paper Scissors
By: Feeney, Alice
Secret Keeper of Jaipur
By: Joshi, Alka
Dead Romantics
By: Poston, Ashley
Hell of a Book
By: Mott, Jason
State of Terror
By: Clinton, Hillary Rodham
Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead
By: Austin, Emily

Hardcover Non-Fiction

By: Keefe, Patrick Radden
Metaphysical Animals
By: Wiseman, Rachael
How to Raise an Antiracist
By: Kendi, Ibram X
As Cooked on TikTok
By: Tiktok
Immense World
By: Yong, Ed
Life in Light
By: Pipher, Mary
His Name Is George Floyd
By: Olorunnipa, Toluse
Boys and Oil
By: Brorby, Taylor
Daughters of the Flower Fragrant Garden
By: Li, Zhuqing

Hardcover Fiction

Poets House
Author: Thompson, Jean
Ballad of Perilous Graves
Author: Jennings, Alex
Dele Weds Destiny
Author: Obaro, Tomi
Scent of Burnt Flowers
Author: Bazawule, Blitz
Author: Fairbrother, Alison
Learning to Talk
Author: Mantel, Hilary
Mirror Mended
Author: Harrow, Alix E
Girls in Queens
Author: Kandic Torres, Christine
Author: Moshfegh, Ottessa
Author: Brooks, Geraldine