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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. 

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 our book selection at 

How To Join:

Contact JD at with your email address for invite link.

Monday, January 9 @ 6:30 PM- The Fishermen and the Dragon: Fear, Greed, and a Fight for Justice on the Gulf Coast by Kirk Wallace Johnson
Monday, February 13 @ 6:30 PM- American Psychosis: An Investigation of How the Republican Party Went Crazy by David Corn
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, August 8 @ 6:30 PM-  South to Freedom: Runaway Slaves to Mexico and the Road to the Civil War by Alice L. Baumgartner
Monday, September 12 @ 6:30 PMThick And Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom 
Monday, October 10 @ 6:30 PMPresumed Guilty: How the Supreme Court Empowered the Police and Subverted Civil Rights by Erwin Chemerinsky
Monday, November 14 @ 6:30 PM- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
 (No meeting is planned for December).


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

Birthday Party
By: Mauvignier, Laurent
Joan Is Okay
By: Wang, Weike
Sweet Spot
By: Poeppel, Amy
Something Wilder
By: Lauren, Christina
School for Good Mothers
By: Chan, Jessamine
By: Laestadius, Ann-Helén
Code Name Sapphire
By: Jenoff, Pam
Secretly Yours
By: Bailey, Tessa
Mercy Street
By: Haigh, Jennifer

Hardcover Non-Fiction

Chuck Berry
By: Smith, Rj
Empire of Ice and Stone
By: Levy, Buddy
Polar Exposure
By: Aston, Felicity
By: Bono
By: Keltner, Dacher
Rough Sleepers
By: Kidder, Tracy
By: Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex
Children of the State
By: Hobbs, Jeff
Guest at the Feast
By: Toibin, Colm

Hardcover Fiction

Someone Elses Shoes
Author: Moyes, Jojo
Victory City
Author: Rushdie, Salman
Our Share of Night
Author: Enriquez, Mariana
Cold People
Author: Smith, Tom Rob
Dont Fear the Reaper
Author: Jones, Stephen Graham
Big Swiss
Author: Beagin, Jen
Author: Tate, Christie
Author: Dimaline, Cherie
After Sappho
Author: Schwartz, Selby Wynn