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Announcing the 2023 Book Discussion Series Selection & Celebrating Black-Owned Bookstores

Reading for Understanding: Monthly Virtual Book Discussions


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:

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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:

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.

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“African American Literature Book Club, is the oldest, largest, and most frequently visited web site dedicated to books by, or about, people of African descent. Started in 1997, is a widely recognized source of information about Black authors.” Source:

Participants are encouraged to continue learning through the Center’s Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward learning series and joining our Finding Your Voice Program.

About the Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation

The Dock C. Bracy Center is committed to human reconciliation and the eradication of racism and other forms of human oppression. Our work focuses on healing the internal emotional and cognitive harms that have allowed racism to continue to thrive in our society. We support the efforts of many other groups and individuals by providing opportunities for learning and self-reflection so that strategies to eradicate racism can become more successful. Additional information about the Center can be found by visiting the website and by following @dcbcenter.

The Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation




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