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Book Schedule

Brown Girl Dreaming By Jacqueline Woodsoon

When: Saturday, May 21, 10am – 12pm

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

Raised 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.- goodreads.com

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.

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

When: Saturday, July 2, 10am – 12pm

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

Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see black youth seated together in the cafeteria. Of course, it’s not just the black kids sitting together-the white, Latino, Asian Pacific, and, in some regions, American Indian youth are clustered in their own groups, too. The same phenomenon can be observed in college dining halls, faculty lounges, and corporate cafeterias. What is going on here? Is this self-segregation a problem we should try to fix, or a coping strategy we should support? How can we get past our reluctance to talk about racial issues to even discuss it?

Using real-life examples and the latest research, Tatum presents strong evidence that straight talk about our racial identities-whatever they may be-is essential if we are serious about facilitating communication across racial and ethnic divides. We have waited far too long to begin our conversations about race. This remarkable book, infused with great wisdom and humanity, has already helped hundreds of thousands of readers figure out where to start.

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde

When: Saturday, September 24, 10am – 12pm

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

Presenting the essential writings of black lesbian poet and feminist writer Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider celebrates an influential voice in twentieth-century literature. In this charged collection of fifteen essays and speeches, Lorde takes on sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, and class, and propounds social difference as a vehicle for action and change. Her prose is incisive, unflinching, and lyrical, reflecting struggle but ultimately offering messages of hope. This commemorative edition includes a new foreword by Lorde scholar and poet Cheryl Clarke, who celebrates the ways in which Lorde’s philosophies resonate more than twenty years after they were first published. These landmark writings are, in Lorde’s own words, a call to “never close our eyes to the terror, to the chaos which is Black which is creative which is female which is dark which is rejected which is messy.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser

When: Saturday, November 5, 10am – 12pm

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

In 2001, Fast Food Nation was published to critical acclaim and became an international bestseller. Eric Schlosser’s exposé revealed how the fast food industry has altered the landscape of America, widened the gap between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and transformed food production throughout the world. The book changed the way millions of people think about what they eat and helped to launch today’s food movement.

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