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.

Our first book, which we will begin reading March 1, 2021, is Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All.

We chose Vanguard for its timeliness. The recent election ushered in a record number of women of color in political office, the most notable being Kamala Harris taking office as vice president. Throughout history, Black women have played an instrumental role in elections, both as individual voters as well as leaders in voting rights.

Stacey Abrams’s influence after her 2018 gubernatorial campaign, along with this past election, is a recent example.

“Abrams and her allies in the trenches accomplished the unthinkable, turning Georgia blue in November for Joe Biden. Earlier this month, her voter registration efforts helped propel Democratic candidates to success in two U.S. Senate runoff elections against Republican incumbents. Those victories secured Democratic control of the senate.”

~DEADLINE article by Matthew Carey

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.

Pick up a copy of Vanguard from your local Black-owned bookstore or Iowa’s The Soul Book Nook, start reading, consider how you can take action, and join us for a discussion at the end of March. For details, sign-up below. We can’t wait to read with you!

We will be posting the books for remaining months in 2021 in upcoming weeks. Got a suggestion for a future book? We’d love to hear it.

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