We will use books and other materials aimed at encouraging action for racial justice and grounding us in historic and current realities in racial justice. This is a continuation of the 10-session class offered in 2017-2018. This class will meet on the first Thursday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM on a Thursday in the Great Room of the Chalice House for ten sessions. The January session will move to the second Thursday.
Attendence at every class session is NOT a requirement to get value from this class. However, after the first session, if you have not attended the previous session, please return to this page and check the plan for the session you will attend, so you will come prepared, having done the reading the session is based on, for example. It will be listed by date below.
7:00 PM, Thursday, September 6, 2018
Please watch the Ware Lecture by Brittany Packnett at General Assembly 2018 in Kansas City as the basis for discussion in this class session. You may watch this lecture on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/WkV2fNuN1C4.
7:00 PM, Thursday, October 4, 2018
Our discussion will be based on I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, a memoir by Austin Channing Brown. This memoir examines how and why our actions so often fall short of our words.
7:00 PM, Thursday, November 1, 2018
This session’s exploration will be based on White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo, with foreword by Michael Eric Dyson. If you will participate in this class session and do not have access to this book, there are copies for your use on the front right corner of Rev. Paul’s desk. Or if you prefer to do your reading by electronic media, it is available for Kindle.
7:00 PM, Thursday, December 6, 2018
We will continue our exploration of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo. In January we will use different material in this class.
7:00 PM, Thursday, January 10, 2019
Class member Will Strickland asked us to consider the thought of moral psychologist Jonathan Haidt in relation to achieving best incomes in the advancement of people of color. Haidt’s work is summarized in several YouTube videos. Ideas from his books The Coddling of the American Mind (2012) and The Righteous Mind (2006) were introduced to the discussion of how certain controversial trends in academe (safe spaces, trigger warnings, a culture of victimhood, etc.), as described by Haidt, relate to efforts to build a more just society.
7:00 PM Thursday, February 7, 2019
For this African American History Month, we will begin our discussion of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final book Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community (1968). This is the mature Martin, the sometimes more difficult Martin for white liberals to read. We will use the foreward by Coretta Scott King, Introduction by Vincent Harding, and the first three chapters of the book as the basis of our discussion. Please purchase or borrow this book to do this reading with the group.
7:00 PM Thursday, March 7, 2019
This month we finish our discussion of Martin Luther King Jr.’s final book Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community (1968). This is the mature Martin, the sometimes more difficult Martin for white liberals to read. We will use the final three chapters of the book as the basis of our discussion. Please purchase or borrow this book to do this reading with the group.