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 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.

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

The History Book Club meets at 7 PM CT on the last Wednesday of each month via Zoom.

The History Book Club has been paused until 2022. However, we encourage you to read our remaining selections and share your thoughts with us.

October 2021

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.

November 2021

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.

December 2021

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.

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