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Civil Rights

The Civil Rights Discussion Group meets the second Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the Union Club (around the corner at 8 Park St.), 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

2017–2018 Schedule

Nov. 9: introduction
Dec. 14: Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped From the Beginning, parts 1–2
Jan. 11: Ibram X. Kendi, Stamped From the Beginning, parts 3–5
Feb. 8: Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Apr. 12: Anne Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi
May 10: Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow
Jun. 14: James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time, and Ta-Nehsi Coates, Between the World and Me
Happy Summer!
Sep. 13: Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy
Oct. 11: Joseph Rosenbloom, Redemption: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Last 31 Hours
Nov. 8: Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad