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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2022 Book Discussions:

June 28: The Distance Between Us, by Reyna Grande. In this honest and inspirational memoir, award-winning author Reyna Grande shares her story as an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who made the harrowing journey across the border as a child. Growing up between two worlds, Grande faces the complications and tensions of living life under her family’s goals and expectations for her, juxtaposed with the reality of immigration in her new home, the United States of America.

There are book club copies available at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. Click here to place a hold, or email Miranda for assistance getting a copy from the library. 

Join us on June 28 at 7:00 p.m. for a great discussion via Zoom.

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

Guest Facilitator:

We will be joined by Dr. Valerie Mendoza, Title III Grant Director at Washburn University. She works with first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students to increase retention and graduation rates. Her background and current work will help us view Grande’s story through our own experiences here in the Topeka community.

Upcoming 2022 Reads:

June: The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande

View Past Book Club Reads