BOOK CIRCLE

To provide additional educational opportunities about social issues and the people served by the Giving Circle of HOPE. 

 

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021 @ 7 PM

I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness 

by Austin Channing Brown

Austin Channing Brown’s first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. Growing up in majority-white schools and churches, Austin writes, “I had to learn what it means to love blackness,” a journey that led to a lifetime spent navigating America’s racial divide as a writer, speaker, and expert helping organizations practice genuine inclusion.

In a time when nearly every institution (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claims to value diversity in its mission statement, Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice. Her stories bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric—from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.

Browse a sampling of past reads:

  • Manifesto for a Moral Revolution: Practices to Build a Better World by Jacqueline Novogratz

  • My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border by Francisco Cantu

  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind & Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

  • The Girls at 17 Swann Street by Yara Zgheib

  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond

  • Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild

  • Sing Unburied Sing, A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

  • A Different Life: Growing Up Learning Disabled and Other Adventures by Quinn Bradlee

  • The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

  • Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better by Maya Schenwar

  • Clay Water Brick: Finding Inspiration from Entrepreneurs Who Do the Most with the Least by Jessica Jackley

  • Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward

  • Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

  • A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold & Andrew Solomon

  • Underground Railroad: A Novel by Colson Whitehead

  • A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley