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Announcing 2023 Book Discussion Series Selection & Celebrating Black-Owned Bookstores

By: PRLog

Reading for Understanding: Monthly Small Group Virtual Book Discussions

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - June 1, 2022 - PRLog -- The Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation today announced the book selection of its 2023 monthly book discussion series, Reading for Understanding.

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.

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

The 2023 Reading for Understanding book discussion schedule and celebrated black-owned bookstore is as follows:

  • The 1619 Project by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Others, Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 7-9pm EST (UTC-5). Bookstore: Da Book Joint, Chicago, Illinois,
  • A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America by David K. Shipler, Wednesday, February 22, 2023 7-9pm EST (UTC-5). Bookstore: Cafe con Libros, Brooklyn, New York,
  • America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Erika Lee, Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4). Bookstore: Uncle Bobbies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
  • An Uncommon Faith: A Pragmatic Approach to the Study of African American Religion by Eddie S. Glaude Jr., Wednesday, April 26, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4). Bookstore: Community Book Center, New Orleans, Louisiana,
  • How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and Inequality in America by Priya Fielding-Singh, PhD, Wednesday, May 24, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4). Bookstore: Ida's Bookshop, Collingswood, New Jersey,
  • Living While Black: Using Joy, Beauty, and Connection to Heal Racial Trauma by Guilaine Kinouani, Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4). Bookstore: The Dock Bookshop, Fort Worth, Texas,
  • Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present by Harriet A. Washington, Wednesday, July 26, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4). Bookstore: Dare Books, Longwood, Florida,
  • Not a Nation of Immigrants: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Wednesday, August 23, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4). Bookstore: Reparations Club, Los Angeles, California,
  • Why We Can't Wait by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Wednesday, September 27, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4). Bookstore: Mahogany Books, Washington, D.C.,
  • Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil by Susan Nieman, Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 7-9pm EDT (UTC-4). Bookstore: Black Pearl Books, Austin, Texas,
  • The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America by Andres Resendez, Wednesday, November 22, 2023, 7-9pm EST (UTC-5). Bookstore: Word Up Community Bookshop, New York, New York,
  • Racism Without Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Wednesday, December 27, 2023, 7-9pm EST (UTC-5). Bookstore: Blackstone Bookstore, Ypsilanti, Michigan,

If you are interested in participating in our Reading for Understanding events, please register at:

What should a participant expect?

Participants should expect an email with a read-ahead presentation and a one question quiz to access the meeting credentials preceding the event.  All book discussions are two hours and use Zoom breakout rooms to create small virtual 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 (8:40-9pm).  Virtual doors open at 6:45pm, unless otherwise noted. All times are Eastern United States.

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Participants are encouraged to continue learning through the Center's Eradicating Racism: A Path Forward learning series and joining our Finding Your Voice Program.

About the Dock C. Bracy Center for Human Reconciliation

The Dock C. Bracy Center is committed to human reconciliation and the eradication of racism and other forms of human oppression. Our work focuses on healing the internal emotional and cognitive harms that have allowed racism to continue to thrive in our society. We support the efforts of many other groups and individuals by providing opportunities for learning and self-reflection so that strategies to eradicate racism can become more successful. Additional information about the Center can be found by visiting the website and by following @dcbcenter.

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