History Book Club

Join our History Book Club, where we’ll read books that educate, inspire pride in how Black Americans have contributed in great measure to our country, and motivate us to take action. In keeping with our mission, we want the History Book Club to be an active experience. We want our readers to connect with history and identify ways they can apply the history learned to combat racism and promote unity—and then do it.

Click here to get Book Club details and the 2022 History Book Club Calendar and Book Summaries.

The History Book Club meets at 7 PM CT on the last Wednesday of each month via Zoom. Once you sign up for the Book Club news, each month, you’ll be given the meeting details. Here’s what we will be reading in 2022:

New for 2022

In keeping with our mission to make history an active experience, the Book Club will join Rev. Abraham Funchess and the Waterloo Human Rights Commission’s MLK Freedom Tour in November! Join us in person or virtually. Details will be added in upcoming months. In the meantime, watch the video and sign up to get the news!

Click here to get Book Club details and the 2022 History Book Club Calendar and Book Summaries.

Please consider purchasing your books from a BIPOC or Black-owned bookstore, Waterloo’s Soul Book Nook, or check your local library. 

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January2022
1619 Project Book DiscussionThe Waterloo Public Library together with the Waterloo Human Rights Commission and Hawkeye Community College invite you to discuss the new book, “The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story.” Click here to register.
6:00 PM CTZoom
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January2022
History Book Club – The 1619 Project: A New Origin StoryA dramatic expansion of a groundbreaking work of journalism, The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story offers a profoundly revealing vision of the American past and present. More
7:00 PM CTZoom
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February2022
History Book Club – Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black TeachingA fresh portrayal of one of the architects of the African American intellectual tradition, whose faith in the subversive power of education will inspire teachers and learners today. More
7:00 PM CTZoom
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March2022
History Book Club: – Amazons, Abolitionists, and ActivistsA bold and gripping graphic history of the fight for women’s rights by the New York Times bestselling author of Hood Feminism. More
7:00 PM CTZoom
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April2022
History Book Club – Caste: The Origins of Our DiscontentsThe Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions. More
7:00 PM CTZoom
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May2022
History Book Club – Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the PresentThe first full history of Black America’s shocking mistreatment as unwilling and unwitting experimental subjects at the hands of the medical establishment. No one concerned with issues of public health and racial justice can afford not to read this masterful book. More
7:00 PM CTZoom
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June2022
History Book Club – The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old SouthA renowned culinary historian offers a fresh perspective on our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, from Africa to America and slavery to freedom. More
7:00 PM CTZoom
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July2022
History Book Club – The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great MigrationIn this beautifully written masterwork, the Pulitzer Prize–winner and bestselling author of Caste chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. More
7:00 PM CTZoom
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August2022
History Book Club – The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration (cont.)In this beautifully written masterwork, the Pulitzer Prize–winner and bestselling author of Caste chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. More
7:00 PM CTZoom
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September2022
History Book Club: Driving While Black: African American Travel and the Road to Civil RightsBloomberg • Best Nonfiction Books of 2020: “[A] tour de force.”The basis of a major PBS documentary by Ric Burns, this “excellent history” (The New Yorker) reveals how the automobile fundamentally changed African American life. More
7:00 PM CTZoom
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October2022
History Book Club: The Black History of the White House…the untold history, racial politics, and shifting significance of the White House as experienced by African Americans, from the generations of enslaved people who helped to build it or were forced to work there to its first black First Family, the Obamas. More
7:00 PM CTZoom
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November2022
Join the History Book Club on the MLK Freedom TourThere will be no book for November. Instead, we will be joining Rev. Abraham Funchess of the Waterloo Human Rights Commission on a civil rights tour through Tennessee and Alabama. You can join in person of virtually, along the way. Details will be added once available.
7:00 PM CTZoom
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December2022
History Book Club: The Black Church: This is Our Story, This is Our SongFrom the New York Times bestselling author of Stony the Road and one of our most important voices on the African American experience comes a powerful new history of the Black church as a foundation of Black life and a driving force in the larger freedom struggle in America. More
7:00 PM CTZoom

Click here to get Book Club details and the 2022 History Book Club Calendar and Book Summaries.