Meets Bi-Monthly on the Second Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
On Thursday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m. we will be discussing Ta-Nehisi Coates book We Were Eight Years in Power. This book is a series of essays including the landmark essay “The Case for Reparations”. In this New York Times bestseller Coates reflects on race, Barack Obama’s presidency and its jarring aftermath. This book also examines the new voices, ideas and movements for justice that emerged over this period. We Were Eight Years in Power was the lament of the reconstruction-era black politicians as the experiment in multi-racial democracy ended with the return of white supremacist rule in the South. Award winning author Coates explores the tragic echoes of that history in our time.
On Thursday, November 12th at 7:00 p.m. we will be discussing The Yellow House by Susan Broom. This book is also a New York Times bestseller and was winner of the 2019 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Broom tells the story of 100 years of her family and their relationship to New Orleans and to a yellow house. Her mother bought the house in New Orleans East before Broom was born and struggled to maintain it after. The house was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. The book explores the enduring drive of clan, pride and familial love to resist erasure.