Awakening to Change: A Social Justice Book Club

Thursday, July 1

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

We are often asked to be the change we want to see in the world, but we can’t change what we can’t see.

As part of our Awakening to Change series, the Blackstone Library is offering a social justice book club. Each month we’ll read a book selected to help us develop a shared understanding of the complex issues surrounding racism. Over the course of several in-depth discussions, we aim to begin understanding the world in a new way.

The series continues in July with I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown. In her book, Brown writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice. Her stories bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric—from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.

The discussion will take place on three Thursdays in July at 7:00 via Zoom. Please be sure to register for all three sessions individually.

The book will be broken up into 3 parts to allow for more in depth and essential conversations.

7/1: Pages 11 – 80

7/8: Pages 81 – 127

7/15: Pages 128 – 182

Copies of the book will be available at the library for you to borrow. You can email programs@blackstonelibrary.org or call (203) 488-1441 ext. 318 to do so.

If you would like to purchase a personal copy for your own social justice library, People Get Ready Books in New Haven will donate 15% of every purchase to the Blackstone Library. Simply visit their website to order, use promo code AWAKENING, and you’ll be supporting both the library and a women and black owned local business. Books can also be picked up at the store at 119 Whalley Ave, New Haven CT 203.954.6678

Registration is required to receive the link to the program. Click here to register.