Racial Justice Book Club

In partnership with the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, YWCA Northeast Kansas hosts a community book club that will feature books written by Black, Indigenous, and people of color. All are invited to participate in monthly meetings to discuss the books and relevant social issues within our community. Discussions will be guided by Regina Platt, YWCA Racial Justice & Advocacy Coordinator, and Miranda Ericsson, Readers Librarian at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library.

In 2022, our book club meets online on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM via the online web conferencing platform Zoom. Although it is preferable to have read the book prior to the sessions, please feel free to join even if you haven’t read the book. Stay updated about Racial Justice Book Club information, including receiving the meeting details and monthly Zoom link by clicking on the button below.

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Upcoming Book Discussions:

September 27th: “Dear White Woman, Please Come Home,” by Kimberlee Yolanda Williams

Kimberlee Yolanda Williams is a DEI instructor, public speaker, educator, certified Life Coach, and founder of the movement Engaging Across Difference.

And she will be joining us to discuss her book, a collection of letters and essays to fictional white women and an invitation to remember that we are family. The stories in each essay are based on real-life experiences, encouraging white readers to face their discomfort and move beyond ally and become co-conspirator in the work of anti-racism. Black readers and readers of color may find validation, comfort, and healing.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 27th, at 7:00 p.m., and join us on Zoom for a challenging and enlightening conversation with Kimberlee Yolanda Williams!

Grab your book or ebook copy from the Topeka & Shawnee County Library.You can email Miranda to reserve a book club hard copy, or click here to check out the ebook from Hoopla.

If you don’t have time to read the book, here are some quick links to catch you up on the topic:

Are you a planner? Check out our next books:

SeptemberDear White Woman, Please Come HomeKimberlee Yolanda WilliamsWith the Author
October I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican DaughterErika SanchezNational Hispanic Heritage Month
NovemberBraiding SweetgrassRobin Wall KimmererNational Native American Heritage Month
DecemberThe Little Book of Race and Restorative Justice; The Little Book of Racial Healing (optional short reads)Fania Davis; Thomas Norman DeWolf and Jodie GeddesIn-Person Circle Discussion and Reflection on Racial Healing

View Past Book Club Reads