Reading for Understanding: Monthly Virtual Book Discussions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2022
Marlborough, MA – The Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation today announced the book selection of its 2023 monthly book discussion series, Reading for Understanding.
As a learning organization, the Center seeks to provide opportunities to promote understanding and empathy. The book discussion provides participants with a shared experience and an opportunity to engage with others.
“Our Reading for Understanding workgroup has been collaborating to plan an excellent year of monthly reading and celebration of black-owned bookstores. Our hope is that communities and organizations will join us for the discussions and/or reuse our resources for their own discussions. We use the book as a shared experience and the virtual breakout rooms as an opportunity to engage with others from around the world.” -- Randee Wilding, Chief Operating Officer
The Center’s Reading for Understanding monthly book discussions are free and have two requirements: Read the book and make time for the discussion.
The 2023 Reading for Understanding book discussion schedule and celebrated black-owned bookstore is as follows:
A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America by David K. Shipler, Wednesday, February 22, 2023 7-9pm EST (UTC-5). Bookstore: Cafe con Libros, Brooklyn, New York, https://www.cafeconlibrosbk.com
America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Erika Lee, Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4). Bookstore: Uncle Bobbies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, https://www.unclebobbies.com
An Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion by Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4). Bookstore: Community Book Center, New Orleans, Louisiana, https://readcbc.com
How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America by Priya Fielding-Singh, PhD, Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4). Bookstore: Ida’s Bookshop, Collingswood, New Jersey, https://www.oursisterbookshops.com/idas
Living While Black: Using Joy, Beauty, and Connection to Heal Racial Trauma by Guilaine Kinouani, Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4). Bookstore: The Dock Bookshop, Fort Worth, Texas, https://www.thedockbookshop.com
Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington, Wednesday, July 26, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4). Bookstore: Dare Books, Longwood, Florida, https://darebooks.com
Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Wednesday, August 23, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4). Bookstore: Reparations Club, Los Angeles, California, https://rep.club
Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil by Susan Nieman, Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4). Bookstore: Black Pearl Books, Austin, Texas, https://blackpearlbookstore.com
The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andres Resendez, Wednesday, November 22, 2023, 7-9pm EST (UTC-5). Bookstore: Word Up Community Bookshop, New York, New York, https://www.wordupbooks.com
Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Wednesday, December 27, 2023, 7-9pm EST (UTC-5). Bookstore: Blackstone Bookstore, Ypsilanti, Michigan, https://www.blackstonebookstore.com
The 2022 Reading for Understanding book discussion schedule is as follows:
You Are Your Best Thing by Tarana Burke, Brené Brown, Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4).
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett, Wednesday, July 27, 2022, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4).
Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo, Wednesday, August 24, 2022, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4).
The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph, Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4).
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man by Emmanuel Acho, Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4).
The Purpose of Power by Alicia Garza, Wednesday, November 23, 2022, 7-9pm EST (UTC-5).
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson, Wednesday, December 28, 2022, 7-9pm EST (UTC-5).
If you are interested in participating in our Reading for Understanding events, please register at: https://www.dcbcenter.org/events.
What should a participant expect?
Participants should expect an email with a read-ahead presentation and a one question quiz to access the meeting credentials preceding the event. All book discussions are two hours and use Zoom breakout rooms to create small virtual discussion groups. We start together as a large group (7-7:10pm), briefly return to a large group at the half-way point (7:50-8pm) and conclude as a large group (8:40-9pm). Virtual doors open at 6:45pm, unless otherwise noted. All times are Eastern United States.
Support black-owned bookstores.
“African American Literature Book Club, AALBC.com is the oldest, largest, and most frequently visited web site dedicated to books by, or about, people of African descent. Started in 1997, AALBC.com is a widely recognized source of information about Black authors.” Source: AALBC.com
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