All are invited to join our Black Caucus Book Club discussions on Saturdays from 10:30am–noon. (Pre-register with office to receive the Zoom info.)
Jan 30: How To Be An AntiRacist by Ibram Kendi
April: The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison
June: The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby
How To Be An AntiRacist by Ibram Kendi From racist policies implemented by government officials to internalized racism that exist within the Black community, Kendi discusses how to recognize racism in today’s society, learn how to adopt an equality mindset, and ultimately become an antiracist.
The Origin of Others by Toni Morrison considers “the literature of belonging” and is especially timely given the increasing visibility of white supremacist groups. Morrison offers elegant reminders that dehumanizing categories of otherness were invented and reinforced in order to justify economic exploitation and shore up our sense of security and belonging, the belief that creating a coherent nation out of immigrants demanded assimilating a wide variety of people into a wholly illusory “whiteness”, and that “whiteness” was designed to give poor, working-class Americans the illusion of power.
The Color of Compromise by Jemar Tisby narrates how people of faith have worked against racial justice in the past coupled with a call for urgent action by all Christians today. Equal parts painful and inspirational, The Color of Compromise details how the American church helped create and maintain racist ideas and practices coupled with concrete solutions for improved race relations and a racially inclusive church.
From June through August the book club will be on a hiatus
If you have books you want us to consider for next year please email the Caucus with your suggestions. Click through for descriptions of our reading selections.