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 Miranda Ericsson, Readers Librarian at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library.

In 2023, 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 26th: Three Girls from Bronzeville, by Dawn Turner

Dawn Turner is a journalist, commentator, and author of two novels in addition to Three Girls from Bronzeville. In this memoir, Turner tells her story as one intertwined with her sister and childhood best friend, growing up as third generation African Americans on Chicago’s South side.

“It’s at once a celebration of sisterhood and friendship, a testimony to the unique struggles of Black women, and a tour-de-force about the complex interplay of race, class, and opportunity, and how those forces shape our lives and our capacity for resilience and redemption.” (Publisher)

Looking for a copy? There are book club copies available at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, as well as an ebook and audiobook on Overdrive. Email Miranda for help checking out a copy of this month’s book club pick.


Quick Links and Further Reading

Looking for more on this topic, or prefer to read and listen to smaller resources instead of reading an entire book? Check out the links below. Whether you read the book, listen to a podcast, or scroll through an article or two, you are more than welcome to join our monthly discussions!

Are you a planner? Check out our upcoming reads:

SeptemberThree Girls from BronzevilleDawn Turner

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

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