Ferndale: Race and Culture Book Club May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug 17, Sept 21 and Oct 19

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Ferndale, MI – A group of Ferndale citizens (and regular patrons to its local library) have initiated a new kind of book club called the Race and Culture Book Club, to meet every third Wednesday of each month, reading titles and authors that can start conversations and build both understanding & compassion on matters of race.

As the Black Lives Matter movement continues its advocacy, several news sites online started considering whether we’ve entered a “New Civil Rights Era”.  Combine that with the often hateful speech in the public space around immigration and religion are leading to discussions red door club adon whether and how people can start banning together, as allies against racism. Titles to be covered by the new Race and Culture Book Club include Coming to America : a history of immigration and ethnicity in American life by Roger Daniels, and the widely heralded, National Book Award winning work by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me.

“We’re hoping to having meaningful conversations about what it means to effectively undermine racism in our society,” said Laurinda Ross, Oak Park resident and member of the Friends of the Ferndale Library. “We know lots of people are interested in opposing both obvious and hidden forms of racialized treatment and we want to create a safe place for people to talk about how to do this – including white people who sometimes struggle with addressing racism head-on.’”

The Race and Culture Book Club is open to anyone with a real and authentic desire to explore candlewickshoppeADblueways of becoming anti-racist, by way of engaging analysis of thought provoking works of both fiction and nonfiction.

“These conversations are happening all over the place,” Ross acknowledged. “And we’re hoping that bringing them together with the focus of a book will be more productive.”

The group meets at the Ferndale Area District Library, 222 E. 9 Mile in Ferndale at 6:30pm

Titles and dates:
May 18 Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
June 15 Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano
July 20The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs

August 17Coming to America : a history of immigration and ethnicity in American life by Roger Daniels

Sept 21 The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Oct 19How Does it feel to be a problem by Moustafa Bayoumi


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