February 26, 2016 Erin Counihan

A Book Discussion on Race

waking up whiteBetween the World and Me

Join the Oak Hill Pres Book Club as we read and discuss two stories on race: Debby Irving’s memoir on white privilege, Waking Up White, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ letter to his son, Between the World and Me. No need to be a book club regular or even a church person to join the discussion! Bring a friend. Bring a neighbor. Read. And let’s discuss.

Tuesday, March 8th – Waking Up White
Tuesday, May 3rd- Between the World and Me
6:30pm
Hartford Coffee, 3974 Hartford St, St. Louis, MO 63116
The church has copies of the book available if you don’t already have your own copy.
Give us a call or email to RSVP or get a copy of the book. 

About “Walking Up White”
For twenty-five years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she dearly wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn’t understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one “aha!” moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her-and ultimately for all of us.

About “Between the World and Me”
“This is your country, this is your world, this is your body, and you must find some way to live within the all of it.”

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

-Book summaries from Amazon.com.

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