We're excited to kick off this year's series!
When is it?
Tuesday, October 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Where is it?
Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster Street, Evanston.
What is it?
Meet new friends while reading and discussing acclaimed thought- and action-provoking books about racial justice in Evanston, Chicago, and the United States. Snacks and drinks provided.
What's the next book?
Our book for the first session is The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.
Short summary: Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil, who is unarmed, at the hands of a police officer.
This book is particularly timely as the trial of Jason Van Dyke, the police officer who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times, right here in Chicago, continues.
A movie of The Hate U Give comes out in October. We'll plan a Dear Evanston "field trip" to see the movie after we've met to discuss the book.
Why should you sign up?
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 come up with action steps you can take to build bridges and make change in Evanston.
Is there a fee?
NO! It's free!
Thanks to the sponsorship of Allie Payne, Mary Summerville, and their company MSGroup Chicago at Dream Town Realty, and the co-sponsorship of the YWCA Evanston/North Shore and other local organizations, there is no cost to participate.
The Evanston Public Library has limited copies of the book. You can also purchase a copy at Bookends & Beginnings, 1712 Sherman Ave, (224) 999-7722.
**If you need a copy of the book and aren't able to pay for one, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll make sure you get one at no cost.**
When can I register?
NOW! but NO later than October 9 at 5 p.m.
Future dates and books?*
Tuesday, December 11 -- The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein
Tuesday, February 12 -- White Fragility: Why it's So Hard for White People to Talk about Race, by Robin DiAngelo
Tuesday, April 16 -- Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools, by Amanda E. Lewis and John B. Diamond
Tuesday, June 11 -- Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnterable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond by Marc Lamont Hill
*Dates and titles subject to change.
Please join us!