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Civil Rights

***The Civil Rights group has folded and there will be no future meetings, effective March 2020 and beyond. Please consider joining the Social Justice Initiative.***


The group sought to explore all issues pertinent to racial inequality in our country. These issues included, but were not limited to, historical and theoretical perspectives on racism, enslavement, the Jim Crow laws, abolitionism, biographies of notable civil rights leaders, pivotal events in civil rights history, segregation, integration of schools, racially motivated violence past and present, and contemporary racial topics and events. The group sought to examine through reading and discussion the roots of racial bias in our nation, and to use this information in transformative discussions. All interested in looking at the roots of discrimination as a means of propelling us toward the "dream" of equality were encouraged to attend.

2019–2020 Schedule

Oct. 10: David Treuer, The Heartbreak of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to Present
Nov. 14: Carrie Gibson, El Norte: The Epic and Forgotten Story of Hispanic North America
Dec. 12: Jesmyn Ward, Sing, Unburied, Sing
Jan. 9: John Carlos Frey, Sand and Blood: America's Stealth War on the Mexico Border
Feb. 13: Colson Whitehead, The Nickel Boys
Mar. 12: Emily Bazelon, Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration
Apr. 9: Ibram X.Kendi, How to be an Anti Racist
May 14: Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Water Dancer
Jun. 11: Jared E. Hardesty, Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England
To be read down the road: Edward E. Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told