INVITATION TO A MONTHLY READING GROUP ~ Black Lives: An American Experience
You are invited to join a twelve-session reading group of United Methodists considering race in America
2nd Thursdays beginning November 12th*
10:30am -12:00 noon
700 Waterfield Ridge Place · Garner, NC 27529
Please RSVP to Tom Greener at firstname.lastname@example.org
Why read about the African American experience?
In the book, Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates invokes the words of Saul Bellow, “where is the Tolstoy of the Zulus.” In so doing, Coates reminds us all how different the narrative experience of blacks and whites has been in our country. In an effort to explore the experience of African-Americans and to discuss the differing experiences of persons in the United States, we are developing a reading group focusing on race in America. This group will be facilitated by Dr. Joy J. Moore, assistant professor of preaching and academic liaison to the William E. Pannell Center for African-American Church Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. We will utilize both in person and virtual communication for our gatherings.
Proposed reading list:
Their Eyes were Watching God by Zora Hurston
The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Native Son by Richard Wright
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcom X as told to Alex Haley
Jesus Land by Julia Scheeres
Shame by Shelby Steele
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
By the Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
The History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
*We will have our first meeting on Thursday, November 12th from 10:30am -12:00 noon at the Conference Center. Dr. Moore will join us by internet link. Subsequent discussions will also occur on the second Thursday of each month. We plan to schedule a time for Dr. Moore to be with us in the coming months.