History Book Club

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 June, we’re reading the 1619 Project, which is a project of The New York Times Magazine and Nikole Hannah-Jones. The essay series examines “the history of slavery and mapping the ways in which it has touched nearly every aspect of contemporary life in the United States.” Published in August 2019, the 1619 Project corresponded with the 400th anniversary of the first ship of enslaved Africans arriving in the United States.

Although some consider the 1619 Project to be controversial due to the way it frames slavery as a central part of how the United States came to be and why our country is the way it is today, we believe the 1619 Project is a valuable read because it explores an important part of U.S. history that has not been told.

The 1619 Project “aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative.”going to Europe and making a name for himself in Russia, France and Germany.”

excerpted from The 1619 Project in The New York Times Magazine

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. We hope you’ll think of things you can do.

The 1619 Project is available free of charge. You can download a PDF version of the 1619 Project or read it on The New York Times website.

So start reading, consider how you can take action, and join us for a discussion on June 30, 2021 at 7:00 PM CT.

For details, sign-up below or at EventBrite. We can’t wait to read with you!

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