TA-Nehisi coates The Water Dancer

Overview:
Conversations spring from the pages that allow the sensitive subject of race to be addressed in an educational and safe space.

Ages: Adult

Facilitator: Kijua Saunders McMurtry

Wednesdays at 6:30

Previous Happenings

Just Mercy Book Club

Overview: Through the joy of reading a variety of fun and interactive activities and live conference calls via zoom we will read, learn and discuss a novel that explores Bryan Stevenson’s fight for criminal justice reform in America.

Book Synopsis: Bryan Stevenson has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. Bryan Stevenson offers a glimpse into the lives of the wrongfully imprisoned and his efforts to fight for their freedom. Stevenson’s story is one of working to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society–the poor, the wrongly convicted, and those whose lives have been marked by discrimination and marginalization. Through this adaptation, young people of today will find themselves called to action and compassion in the pursuit of justice.

Grade: Rising 7th – 8th

Change Agent Student Leader: Sierra Morrison

Activities: Daily activities for your book will be sent to you each week. You’ll have something to do every day.

 

Zoom Schedule: Not Available

 

 

The Crossover Book Club

Overview: Through the joy of reading a variety of fun and interactive activities and live conference calls via zoom we will read, learn and discuss a novel about twins Josh and Jordan, family and brotherhood.

Activities: Daily activities for your book will be sent to you each week. You’ll have something to do every day.

Book Synopsis: “With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .the court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering,” announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he’s got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood. Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.

Grade: Rising 5th – 8th

Change Agent Student Leader: Kenyon Spotts

Zoom Schedule: Not Available

 

 

Brown Girl Dreaming Book Club

Overview: Through the joy of reading a variety of fun and interactive activities and live conference calls via zoom we will read, learn and discuss the experiences of a young African American girl growing up in the 60’s and 70’s.

Book Synopsis: In vivid poems, the author shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960’s and 1970’s living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights Movement.

Grade: Rising 5th – 8th

Lowery Institute Staff Leader: Blanche Payne

Activities: Daily activities for your book will be sent to you each week. You’ll have something to do every day.

Zoom Schedule: Not Available

 

 

Loving vs. Virginia Book Club

Overview: Through the joy of reading a variety of fun and interactive activities and live conference calls via zoom we will read, learn and discuss a novel that explores segregation, prejudice, injustice, discrimination, love, and devotion.

Book Synopsis: The story of a landmark civil rights case, told in spare and gorgeous verse. In 1955, in Caroline County, Virginia, amidst segregation and prejudice, injustice and cruelty, two teenagers fell in love. Their life together broke the law, but their determination would change it. Richard and Mildred Loving were at the heart of a Supreme Court case that legalized marriage between races, and a story of the devoted couple who faced discrimination, fought it, and won.

Grade: Rising 5th – 8th

Change Agent Student Leader: Jahi Flowers

Activities: Daily activities for your book will be sent to you each week. You’ll have something to do every day.

Zoom Schedule: Not Available

 

THE HATE YOU GIVE

Overview: Through the joy of reading a variety of fun and interactive activities and live conference calls via zoom we will read, learn and discuss a novel that explores segregation, prejudice, injustice, discrimination, love, and devotion.

Book Synopsis: The Hate U Give is Angie Thomas’s first novel in which she grapples with racism, police brutality, and activism after witnessing her friend murdered by police.

Age: 17+

Facilitator: Kijua McMurtry, Phd.

Activities: Weekly on our zoom calls we will discuss issues around Racism/Anti-Blackness police brutality, Activism and Friendship/Allyship.

Zoom Schedule: Not Available