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:

February 28th: My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies” by Resmaa Menakem

If February’s pick looks familiar, it’s because we’re back for our second month discussing this powerful and transformative book! Whether you read it in January or are just putting it on your list now, we hope you’ll join us for the discussion on February 28th. 

Resmaa Menakem is a New York Times best-selling author, trauma specialist, and therapist from Minneapolis who practices somatic abolitionism, a form of racial healing focused on trauma’s effects on the body. My Grandmother’s Hands examines the damage done by racism and how it affects us physically, especially Black and African Americans, but also white Americans and “blue Americans”, or members of law enforcement. It’s part history, part memoir, and part exercise – with guided reflections in each section. Learn more about the author’s work on his website.

Digital copies (ebook and audiobook) are available to check out from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library on Hoopla.


Are you a planner? Check out our upcoming reads:

January & FebruaryMy Grandmother's HandsResmaa Menakem
MarchPost Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and HealingJoy DeGruy Leary

Here are a few of the books on our wish list for 2023

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View Past Book Club Reads