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Reading for Understanding

Monthly Virtual Book Discussions

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.

What should a participant expect?


The Center’s Reading for Understanding monthly book discussions are free and have two requirements: Read the book and make time for the discussion.

Participants should expect an email with a read-ahead presentation and meeting credentials the Monday preceding the Wednesday event. All book discussions are two hours and use Zoom breakout rooms to create small 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 (8:30-9pm). Virtual doors open at 6:45pm, unless otherwise noted. All times are Eastern Standard Time.


Support black-owned or independent bookstores.


Many black-owned and independent bookstores now offer shipping. Find a store in your area and shop in-person or online.


Participants are encouraged to continue learning through the Center’s Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward learning series.

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