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A discussion group dedicated to diverse voices, perspectives, and authors. We'll aim to construct a meaningful conversation about anti-racism and embrace the diversity of our community.
Meetings take place via Zoom. Registered participants will be emailed meeting information prior to the event starting.
Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie S. Glaude Jr.
“Not everything is lost. Responsibility cannot be lost, it can only be abdicated. If one refuses abdication, one begins again.”—James Baldwin
Begin Again is one of the great books on James Baldwin and a powerful reckoning with America’s ongoing failure to confront the lies it tells itself about race. Just as in Baldwin’s “after times,” argues Eddie S. Glaude Jr., when white Americans met the civil rights movement’s call for truth and justice with blind rage and the murders of movement leaders, so in our moment were the Obama presidency and the birth of Black Lives Matter answered with the ascendance of Trump and the violent resurgence of white nationalism.
In these brilliant and stirring pages, Glaude finds hope and guidance in Baldwin as he mixes biography—drawn partially from newly uncovered Baldwin interviews—with history, memoir, and poignant analysis of our current moment to reveal the painful cycle of Black resistance and white retrenchment. As Glaude bears witness to the difficult truth of racism’s continued grip on the national soul, Begin Again is a searing exploration of the tangled web of race, trauma, and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a new America.
AGE GROUP: | Adults (18+) |
EVENT TYPE: | Book Groups |
TAGS: | blacklivesmatterbookgroup | bigidea |
|Mon, Mar 27||12:00AM to 11:30PM|
|Tue, Mar 28||12:00AM to 11:30PM|
|Wed, Mar 29||12:00AM to 11:30PM|
|Thu, Mar 30||12:00AM to 11:30PM|
|Fri, Mar 31||12:00AM to 11:30PM|
|Sat, Apr 01||12:00AM to 11:30PM|
|Sun, Apr 02||12:00AM to 11:30PM|