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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 8 @ 6:30 PM - Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
Monday, February 12 @ 6:30 PM - The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Monday, March 11 @ 6:30 PM - Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Journey From Slavery to Freedom by Ilyon Woo
Monday, April 8 @ 6:30 PM - 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
Monday, May 13 @ 6:30 PM - The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
Monday, June 10 @ 6:30 PM - Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity (compiled) by Michelle Norris
Monday, July 8 @ 6:30 PM: Bandwidth Recovery For Schools: Helping Pre-K-12 Students Regain Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Trauma, Racism and Social Marginalization, by Cia Verschelden. 
Monday, August 12 @ 6:30 PMProud: Living my American Dream by Ibtihaj Muhammad
Monday, September 9 @ 6:30 PMLet Us Descend by Jesmyn Ward

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 13 @ 6:30 PM- How The Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America, by Clint Smith
Monday, April 10 @ 6:30 PM- Wildland:  The Making of America’s Fury, by Evan Osnos
MAY: There will not be a meeting of the book club this May.
Monday, June 12 @ 6:30 PM- Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
Monday, July 10 @ 6:30 PM: Recitatif by Toni Morison
Monday, August 14 @ 6:30 PM: White Too Long: The Legacy Of White Supremacy In American Christianity by Ropert P. Jones
Monday, September *25* @ 6:30 PM: All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley's Sack, A Black Family Keepsake, by Tiya Miles [DATE CHANGE]
*Tuesday*, October *10* @ 11 AM: South to America: a Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation by Imani Perry [DATE CHANGE]
Monday, November 13 @ 6:30 PM: Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
December: No meeting!
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

House That Horror Built
By: Henry, Christina
By: Erpenbeck, Jenny
Honey Witch
By: Shields, Sydney J
You May Now Kill the Bride
By: Weston, Kate
Long After We Are Gone
By: Shelton Harris, Terah
Serpent & the Wings of Night
By: Broadbent, Carissa
How to Kill a Guy in Ten Ways
By: Kellman, Eve
Death Valley
By: Broder, Melissa
Tiananmen Square
By: Wen, Lai

Hardcover Non-Fiction

By: Lamott, Anne
Demon of Unrest
By: Larson, Erik
Swans of Harlem
By: Valby, Karen
Race to the Future
By: St Clair, Kassia
Infernal Machine
By: Johnson, Steven
Amphibious Soul
By: Foster, Craig
Rebel Girl
By: Hanna, Kathleen
When You See My Mother Ask Her to Dance
By: Baez, Joan
Coming Home
By: Burford, Michelle

Hardcover Fiction

Funny Story
Author: Henry, Emily
All Fours
Author: July, Miranda
Blue Ruin
Author: Kunzru, Hari
Body Farm
Author: Geni, Abby
This Strange Eventful History
Author: Messud, Claire
When Among Crows
Author: Roth, Veronica
Red Grove
Author: Fontaine, Tessa
Ministry of Time
Author: Bradley, Kaliane
Long Island
Author: Toibin, Colm