June 12, 2016 at First Unitarian Church of San Jose in San Jose.
As a followup to our Black Lives Matter conversation in January, and as part of FUCSJ’s ongoing commitment to antiracism and social justice in all its forms, Rev. Nancy invites you to read with her the National Book Award-winning memoir Between the World and Me, by Atlantic journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates. Written as a series of letters to Coates’s son, the book offers an eloquent look inside an African-American’s experience of U.S. culture. Teens and adults welcome!
At the Social Justice table during Social Hour after worship in April, you can purchase one of three copies of the book for $10 each; two copies will be available for “checkout” and sharing. The book is readily available at most bookstores and online.
Shelley Diaz, of School Library Journal, writes, “Coates confronts the notion of race in America and how it has shaped American history, many times at the cost of black bodies and lives. Thoughtfully exploring personal and historical events, from his time at Howard University to the Civil War, the author poignantly asks and attempts to answer difficult questions that plague modern society. In this short memoir, the Atlantic writer explains that the tragic examples of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, and those killed in South Carolina are the results of a systematically constructed and maintained assault to black people—a structure that includes slavery, mass incarceration, and police brutality as part of its foundation. From his passionate and deliberate breakdown of the concept of race itself to the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, Coates powerfully sums up the terrible history of the subjugation of black people in the United States. A timely work, this title will resonate with all teens—those who have experienced racism as well as those who have followed the recent news coverage on violence against people of color.”