DE Racial Justice Book Group
Join the conversation. Get uncomfortable. Get proximate.
Push your boundaries.
Meet new people. Be the change.
WHAT IS IT?
The DE Racial Justice Book Group first met in June, 2017 with 40 people, and now draws anywhere from 80 to 180 people every other month. It’s intended for anyone who lives, works, plays, prays, or studies in Evanston. The goals of the book group are:
To encourage as many people as possible to read and discuss interesting and challenging books and have difficult but necessary conversations.
To develop closer relationships with Evanstonians across race and socio-economic status.
To gain new insights from people with different life experiences.
To offer action steps to build bridges and make change in Evanston.
WHY SHOULD I SIGN UP?
You’ll meet new friends while reading and discussing acclaimed thought- and action-provoking books about racial justice in Evanston, Chicago, and the United States.
DO I HAVE TO PAY TO PARTICIPATE?
No! Thanks to our corporate sponsor Allie Payne of MS Group Dreamtown Realty and co-sponsors YWCA Evanston/North Shore, The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, Indivisible Evanston, Evanston Cradle to Career, and Bookends & Beginnings , the book group is free to anyone who’d like to attend.
Each book group features a dinner, dessert, and drinks catered by a local Black- or minority-owned business.
WHERE DO WE MEET?
We meet at various locations around Evanston with the goal of introducing participants to new organizations, businesses, and neighborhoods.
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.
The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation, Natalie Moore, June 15, 2017
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, Matthew Desmond, August 2017
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander, Oct. 2017
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, Richard Rothstein, December 11, 2018
Citizen, an American Lyric, Claudia Rankine, February 2018
Parables from the Outskirts of Society, Jerome Summers, April 25, 2018
The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas, oct 2018
White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, Robin DiAngelo, Feb 12, 2019
Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools, John B. Diamond and Amanda E. Lewis, April 16, 2019
Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, Marc Lamont Hill, June 11, 2019
WHEN’S THE NEXT BOOK GROUP?
Our next book group meets on Tuesday, June 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster Street.
We’re reading Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond, by Marc Lamont Hill
You can register now, but no later than 10 a.m. on June 4.
If you’d like to receive information about the book group, please subscribe to Dear Evanston (link) and if you’re on Facebook, request to join the DE Racial Justice Book Group group. You can also email us or call 224-234-8229