Like many of you, we have books on our list that we’ve been excited to read but haven’t made the time. Now, we’re making the time. 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.
The History Book Club meets at 7 PM CT on the last Wednesday of each month via Zoom.
A W.E.B. Du Bois classic, Black Reconstruction in America examines the role Black Americans played after the Civil War during the period known as Reconstruction. Considered the “most influential Black intellectual of his time,” Du Bois outlines how the formerly enslaved helped rebuild a broken nation.
Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice uses the collection at the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University to teach readers about race relations in the United States and to help them “overcome our collective trepidation and reluctance to talk about race.”
Michelle Alexander’s best-seller The New Jim Crow educates readers on how the U.S. criminal justice system targets and imprisons Black men in a way that echoes the dehumanizing practices of 20th-century Jim Crow laws.
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents explores America’s “hidden caste system” through the stories of real people to show how this “rigid hierarchy of human rankings” impacts health outcomes, culture, and politics.
The Black Book travels from 1619 through the 1940s to provide “an encyclopedic look at the Black experience in America.” The book includes 17th-century sketches, 19th-century slave auction notices, 20th-century sheet music, photographs of war heroes, Antebellum reward posters for capturing runaway slaves, and more.