This circle is for book lovers looking for the perfect way to share thoughts and ideas on today’s writers and old favorites. From Michelle Obama’s Becoming, to Ben Campbell's Richmond's Unhealed History, this small group covers novels from the bestseller list to classic civil rights literature, to books written by up and coming authors. Come to this table with your book and a covered dish. Enjoy fellowship, food and phenomenal reads every fourth Thursday of the month. 6 - 8:30 pm. We do not meet in November and December.
Co-Conveners: Cheryl Goode, Karen Franklin, Brett Hoag, and Marsha Summers
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Our January selection is “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing" by Joy DeGruy, Randall Robinson (Foreword by)
As per Goodreads "In the 16th century, the beginning of African enslavement in the Americas until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment and emancipation in 1865, Africans were hunted like animals, captured, sold, tortured, and raped. They experienced the worst kind of physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual abuse. Given such history, isn't it likely that many of the enslaved were severely traumatized? And did the trauma and the effects of such horrific abuse end with the abolition of slavery?
Emancipation was followed by one hundred more years of institutionalized subjugation through the enactment of Black Codes and Jim Crow laws, peonage, convict leasing, domestic terrorism and lynching. Today the violations continue, and when combined with the crimes of the past, they result in yet unmeasured injury. What do repeated traumas, endured generation after generation by a people produce? What impact have these ordeals had on African Americans today?”
We will explore these questions and more as we collectively gain a greater understanding of how centuries of slavery and oppression have impacted people of African descent in America.
Our February selection is “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” by by Matthew Desmond.
As per Goodreads "In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur "Genius" Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads. Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America's most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible. From the National Book Award–winning author of Between the World and Me, a boldly conjured debut novel about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom."