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Civil Rights

The Civil Rights Discussion Group meets the second Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the Seminar Room, unless otherwise specified at the Security Desk.

The group seeks to explore all issues pertinent to racial inequality in our country. These issues include, but are 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 seeks 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 are encouraged to attend.

Suggestions for the Civil Rights group reading list are most welcome; future readings and discussion topics will be based on recommendations by the group.

Interested members should contact the group’s moderator Deanne Sullivan at and Linda Velgouse at

2019–2020 Schedule

Happy Summer!
Sep. 12: Steven Luxenberg, Separate: The Story of Plessy vs. Ferguson and America's Journey From Slavery
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: Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Mar. 12: Emily Bazelon, Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration
To be read down the road: Edward E. Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told