Racial Justice Study Group
Date(s) - 05/07/17
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Emerson UU Church
In 2008, when the United States elected its first black U.S. president, many Americans celebrated the prospect that our country was at last becoming a “post-racial” society. A poll taken soon after that year’s elections found that 70 percent of Americans believed race relations would improve under Barack Obama’s presidency. Today, however, a little more than eight years later, it seems safe to say that few people hold those same views. In many respects, it feels that racial tensions have become much worse and that, especially since the 2016 elections, racism has become acceptable again in some parts of the public sphere.
In January, Emerson Justice Advocates launched a new educational program, the Racial Justice Book Study Group, to examine and discuss some of the issues and problems underlying racism, its history and institutionalization, and racial injustice in America. On April 2, the group will begin discussing its second book selection. Winner of the 2015 National Book Award in nonfiction, Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates, portrays the plight of the African-American male in contemporary America.
We invite all who are interested to join us in our study and exploration of the books we’ll be discussing in this program. Future titles will be announced soon. The group meets at 10 am in Room 204. No meeting on Easter Sunday, April 16.
Participants are encouraged to read the current selection before the first discussion session on April 2. Orders placed with Amazon.com through a link on the Emerson website will benefit Emerson UU Church. http://emersonhouston.org/giving-overview/donate-while-you-shop/