We are excited to announce that we are organizing a community-wide book club! Beginning in June and running through the fall, we will be hosting discussions to bring schools and communities together in conversations about race and racial literacy. We’re looking forward to communicating with community members of diverse backgrounds, sharing perspectives, asking questions, and learning from each other.
The first book in our book talk series is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.
Described as “an incisive and engrossing perspective of the life of a black teenage girl” by The Atlantic, this fictional text offers book club participants a narrative through which to examine race, police violence, community, and culture.
Using funds from an NJEA PRIDE Grant, we have purchased this book in English and Spanish and will be distributing free copies to anyone who is interested over the next few weeks. In the fall, we will continue book giveaways and discussions of So You Want to Talk about Race? by Ijeoma Oluo and Stamped by Ibram X Kendi.
If you’d like to receive a free copy of The Hate U Give, please stop by the HCRHS fountain parking lot during one of the following times:
- Saturday (5/15) from 2-4 pm
- Monday (5/17) from 5-6pm
- Wednesday (5/19) from 3-5pm
- Saturday (5/22) from 2-4 pm
If you already have a copy and would like to hear more information about the book talks, you can sign up using this form.
We look forward to discussing these great books with you!
(And just a note, you don’t have to participate in the book talks to get a free book! We’d be happy to give you a book even if you’re not interested in talking about it.)