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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

2018–2019 Schedule

No September meeting
Oct. 11: Joseph Rosenbloom, Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last 31 Hours
Nov. 8: Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad
Dec. 13: Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
Jan. 10: Timothy B. Tyson, The Blood of Emmett Till 
Feb. 14: Carol Elaine Anderson, White Rage
Mar. 14 meeting cancelled 
Apr. 11: Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy
May 9: W. E. B. Du Bois, Black Reconstruction in America, part one
Jun. 13: W. E. B. Du Bois, Black Reconstruction in America, part two
Happy summer!
To be read down the road: Edward E. Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told