Books and Breakfast Presents: Brown Girl Dreaming

Join the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, The Desmond Tutu Center, and Butler University Political Science Department for a book discussion about race and childhood.


“Ms. Woodson writes with a sure understanding of the thoughts of young people, offering a poetic, eloquent narrative that is not simply a story . . . but a mature exploration of grown-up issues and self-discovery.”—The New York Times Book Review.”

browngirldreamingRaised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Woodson’s eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child. Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.-

All are welcome to this book discussion hosted at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center. The discussion will include a large group dialogue about key ideas in the book and how it relates to our Indianapolis community. This event is free and open to all; educational activities for children will be provided.

When: Saturday, May 21, 10am – 12pm

Where: MLKCC, 40 West 40th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208 

You can access the book through your local library (if available) or by purchasing the text. If you are unable to access a copy of the book, excerpts are available here.


Help your local community members by donating a book! The MLKCC accepts donations for the Books and Breakfast program to support program activities and access to books. Donate now.


Guided by the Hands Up United Books and Breakfast Initiative, the MLKCC and DTC, with assistance from Butler University students, have created a free Saturday morning book club devoted to reading, dialogue, and community growth around important topics. Each month a new book and theme is introduced.

The goal of the program as facilitated by the MLKCC and DTC is to cultivate a space for community members to discuss issues around race, activism, justice, racism, revolution, etc. using captivating literature as the catalyst. By exposing the community to inspiring and invigorating books, the Books and Breakfast program hopes to ignite change in our local community. It is only with understanding, acceptance, and motivation from within that change in our community can begin to occur.

Enjoy a good breakfast, a good read, and a great opportunity to inspire change in our community.

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