Voices Of Race

Posted on February 10, 2015. Filed under: Event, Fiction, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , , |

In the next few weeks Coming Together in Skokie & Niles Township are sponsoring programs discussing Race. Oakton Community College Library is sponsoring several Events from February to May including book discussions, films, & lectures. Here is a list of some of the books being discussed for Voices of Race as well as other suggested readings.

For a full list of Events please see: http://comingtogether.in/events/

Book Discussion about The Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream
Thursday, March 12 11:30am-12:30 pm
Oakton Community College – Skokie Campus, Rm. A145

PactThe Pact: Three Young Men Make a Promise and Fulfill a Dream
by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt

“Chosen by Essence to be among the forty most influential African Americans, the three doctors grew up in the streets of Newark, facing city life’s temptations, pitfalls, even jail. But one day these three young men made a pact. They promised each other they would all become doctors, and stick it out together through the long, difficult journey to attaining that dream. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, and Rameck Hunt are not only friends to this day–they are all doctors.

This is a story about the power of friendship. Of joining forces and beating the odds. A story about changing your life, and the lives of those you love most…together” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Other Books being Discussed throughout Skokie and Niles Township
Book Discussions List: http://comingtogether.in/books/

SupremesThe Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat: A Novel
by Edward Kelsey Moore

“The indefatigable trio of Barbara Jean, Clarice, and Odette (known as “The Supremes” since high school) churns the small community of Plainview, Indiana into a Southern-fried tailspin this debut from Moore, a professional cellist. Each of the central characters brings unique challenges to the tables at Earl’s diner: Odette battles cancer while her pothead mother communicates with famous ghosts; Clarice tries to salvage a crumbling marriage with her cheating husband; and beautiful Barbara Jean, who married for money, drinks to forget a youthful affair and her dead son. In a booth at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, a short walk from Calvary Baptist Church, these women lay bare their passions, shortfalls, and dramas. Clarice’s cancer treatment brings them together in melancholy, but it isn’t long before secrets are revealed and the scramble to catch up on lost time begins. Despite meandering points-of-view and a surplus of exposition, Moore is a demonstrative storyteller and credits youthful eavesdropping for inspiring this multifaceted novel. Comparisons to The Help and Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe are inevitable, but Moore’s take on this rowdy troupe of outspoken, lovable women has its own distinctive pluck” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

IndivisibleIndivisible: Poems for Social Justice
edited by Gail Bush & Randy Meyer

“This thought-provoking anthology showcases poems that advocate for a more just society. The poems, divided into five sections, lead the reader on a path of discovery, examination, and, hopefully, action. Celebrated poets such as Langston Hughes and lesser known poets contribute to this short collection of inspiring poems” (Coming Together).

OfTheeISingOf Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters
by Barack Obama
illustrated by Loren Long

“In this tender, beautiful letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama has written a moving tribute to thirteen groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation. From the artistry of Georgia O’Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington, President Obama sees the traits of these heroes within his own children, and within all of America’s children.

Breathtaking, evocative illustrations by award-winning artist Loren Long at once capture the personalities and achievements of these great Americans and the innocence and promise of childhood.

This beautiful book celebrates the characteristics that unite all Americans, from our nation’s founders to generations to come. It is about the potential within each of us to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths. It is a treasure to cherish with your family forever” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Suggested Readings

book cover for Race MattersRace Matters
by Cornel West

“Race Matters contains West’s most powerful essays on the issues relevant to black Americans today: despair, black conservatism, black-Jewish relations, myths about black sexuality, the crisis in leadership in the black community, and the legacy of Malcolm X. And the insights that he brings to these complicated problems remain fresh, exciting, creative, and compassionate. Now more than ever, Race Matters is a book for all Americans, as it helps us to build a genuine multiracial democracy in the new millennium” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for A Death in the DeltaA Death in the Delta: The Story of Emmett Till
by Stephen J. Whitfield

“In August 1955, the mutilated body of Emmett Till-a fourteen-year-old black Chicago youth-was pulled from Mississippi’s Tallahatchie River. Abducted, severely beaten, and finally thrown into the river with a weight fastened around his neck with barbed wire, Till, an eighth-grader, was killed for allegedly whistling at a white woman. The nation was horrified by Till’s death. When the all-white, all-male jury hastily acquitted the two white defendants, the outcry reached a frenzied pitch-spurring a fury that would prove critical in the mobilization of black resistance to white racism in the Deep South” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Brotherhood of CorruptionBrotherhood of Corruption: A Cop Breaks the Silence on Police Abuse, Brutality, and Racial Profiling
by Juan Antonio Juarez

“Juarez begins to join his fellow officers in crossing the line between cop and criminal, as he takes advantage of his position and also becomes a participant in a system of racial profiling legitimized by the war on drugs. Ultimately, as Juarez discusses, his conscience gets the better of him and he tries to reform, only to be brought down by his own excesses. From the perspective of an insider, he tells of widespread abuses of power, random acts of brutality, and the code of silence that keeps law enforcers untouchable” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Kevin Purtell


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