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DE Racial Justice Book Group

The DE Racial Justice Book Group first met in June 2017 with 40 participants, and

now draws from 80 to 180 people every other month.

It’s intended for anyone who lives, learns, works and/or worships in Evanston.

Join Us for our Next Book Group


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About DE's Book Group

  • What is the Dear Evanston's Racial Justice Book Group?
    The DE Racial Justice Book Group first met in June, 2017 with 40 participants, and now draws from 80 to 180 people every other month. It’s intended for anyone who lives, works, plays, prays, or studies in Evanston. The group's goals are to: Encourage as many people as possible to read and discuss interesting and challenging books and have difficult but necessary conversations about race and injustice in America. Develop closer relationships with Evanstonians across race and socio-economics. Gain new insights from people with different and similar life experiences. Offer action steps to build bridges and make change in Evanston.
  • Why should I sign up?
    You’ll meet new friends who have had a wide variety of experiences living in Evanston, while reading and discussing acclaimed thought- and action-provoking books about racial justice in Evanston, Chicago, and the United States.
  • What time does it meet?
    We meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Is dinner provided?
    Each book group gathering features a Black-owned Evanston caterer or restaurant. We've enjoyed meals by Noir d'Ebene, Jennifer's Edibles, Sugar Baker, among others.
  • Do you have to pay to participate?
    No. The book group is free to anyone who’d like to attend.
  • Where do we meet?
    We meet at various locations around Evanston with the goal of introducing participants to new organizations, businesses, and neighborhoods, particulary focusing on the Black community.
  • Where do I get a book?
    Books are available at the second floor information desk at the Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., or for purchase at Bookends & Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Ave. Bookends provides a 15 percent discount for DE Racial Justice Book Group participants and also donates five copies of each book for participants who would like to purchase a book but are not able to afford the cost. Please email us and we'll make sure you get a copy.
  • What we've read so far
    Here’s the list of books we’ve read to date since the inception of the Dear Evanston Racial Justice Book Group. If you’d like to receive information about the book group, please subscribe to Dear Evanston, and, if you’re on Facebook, request to join the DE Racial Justice Book Group group. The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, Natalie Moore ​ Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond ​ The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander ​ The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein ​ Citizen, an American Lyric, Claudia Rankine ​ Parables from the Outskirts of Society, Jerome Summers ​ The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas ​ White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo ​ Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools, John Diamond and Amanda Lewis ​ Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, Marc Lamont Hill ​ Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson ​ How to be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi
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