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My purpose for this book club is to explore literature beyond the "American Norm". In this group, I want to tap into a place that very few in the writing and reading world discuss, Black Authors. This group is about people coming together and enjoying Black/ African Literature. We are open to any and everyone that wants to read diverse books. The voice of the minority is loud and strong but often forgotten or whitewashed. My hope is for this book club to bring that voice to the forefront and celebrate the greatness that is black literature. Every month will we meet and choose a new book for the month while discussing the previous month's book. In this group, we will only read from authors of black/African descent, South American and Hispanic. Everyone from any race, background or age is welcome. The literature world is vast, don't limit yourself to one type of storytelling.


12 months, 12 books! 2017/2018

HomeGoing- Yaa Gyasi, The Beautiful Struggle- Ta-Nehisi Coates, Life ain't fair- T. Jekins, Silver Sparrow- Tayari Jones, The Rise, and Fall of Black Wall Street, The Hate You Give- Angie Thomas, The God of Small Things- Arundhati RoyMen, We Reaped- Jesmyn Ward, Allegedly- Tiffany D. Jackson, Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture- Ytasha L. Womack, Little Fire Everywhere- Celeste Ng, Piecing me Together- Renee Watson

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The Diversity Gap: Where Good Intentions Meet True Cultural Change


In the month of January, we will be reading The Diversity Gap: Where Good Intentions Meet True Cultural Change by Bethaney Wilkinson

A sweeping leadership framework to institute clear and intentional actions throughout your organization so that people of all racial backgrounds are empowered to lead, collaborate, and excel at work.

The Diversity Gap is a fearless, groundbreaking guide to help leaders at every level shatter the barriers that are causing diversity efforts to fail.

Combining real-world research with honest first-person experiences, racial justice facilitator Bethaney Wilkinson provides leaders a replicable structure to foster a diverse culture of belonging within your organization.

With illuminating and challenging insights on every page, you will:

Better understand today’s racial climate and its negative impact on your organization and team;
Be equipped to shift your organizational culture from one that has good intentions for “diversity” to one that addresses systemic barriers to all employees thriving at work; and
Be emboldened to participate in creating an organizational culture where people from various racial backgrounds are growing in their purpose, making their highest contributions, and collaborating effectively towards greater impact at work and in the world.
Ultimately, The Diversity Gap is the quantum shift between well-intentioned organizational diversity programs that do little to move the needle and a lasting culture of equity and belonging that can transform your organization and outpace your industry.

Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: A Novel for Grown Ups by Jayne Allen


In the month of February, we will be reading Black Girls Must Die Exhausted: A Novel for Grown-Ups by Jayne Allen

“Black girls must die exhausted” is something that 33-year-old Tabitha Walker has heard her grandmother say before. Of course, her grandmother (who happens to be white) was referring to the 1950s and what she observed in the nascent times of civil rights. With a coveted position as a local news reporter, Marc-- a “paper-perfect” boyfriend, and a standing Saturday morning appointment with a reliable hairstylist, Tabitha never imagined how this phrase could apply to her as a black girl in contemporary times – until everything changed. An unexpected doctor’s diagnosis awakens Tabitha to an unperceived culprit, threatening the one thing that has always mattered most - having a family of her own. With the help of her best friends, the irreverent and headstrong Laila and Alexis, the former “Sexy Lexi," Tabitha must explore the reaches of modern medicine and test the limits of her relationships to beat the ticking clock on her dreams of becoming a wife and mother. She must leverage the power of laughter, love, and courageous self-care to bring a healing stronger than she ever imagined - before the phrase “black girls must die exhausted” takes on a new and unwanted meaning in her own life.

Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by Stacey


In the month of March, we will be reading Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change by Stacey Abrams

Leadership is hard. Convincing others―and often yourself―that you possess the answers and are capable of world-affecting change requires confidence, insight, and sheer bravado. Lead from the Outside is the handbook for outsiders, written with the awareness of the experiences and challenges that hinder anyone who exists beyond the structure of traditional white male power―women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and millennials ready to make a difference.

In Lead from the Outside, Stacey Abrams argues that knowing your own passion is the key to success, regardless of the scale or target. From launching a company, to starting a day care center for homeless teen moms, to running a successful political campaign, finding what you want to fight for is as critical as knowing how to turn thought into action. Stacey uses her experience and hard-won insights to break down how ambition, fear, money, and failure function in leadership, while offering personal stories that illuminate practical strategies.

Stacey includes exercises to help you hone your skills and realize your aspirations. She discusses candidly what she has learned over the course of her impressive career: that differences in race, gender, and class are surmountable. With direction and dedication, being in the minority actually provides unique and vital strength, which we can employ to rise to the top and make real change.

Warda: My Journey from the Horn of Africa to a College Education by Warda


In the month of April, we will be reading Warda: My Journey from the Horn of Africa to a College Education by Warda Mohamed Abdullahi

Set in the rugged shrublands of rural Ethiopia, the contentious neighborhoods of South Africa, and the icy streets of Michigan, Warda is the story of a fierce young woman on a tireless quest to become the first member of her family to go to college.

Born in Saudi Arabia to undocumented, ethnic Somali parents living hundreds of miles from their ancestral homeland, Warda Mohamed Abdullahi loses her mother in a horrific accident as a baby and must live apart from her father until she's eleven years old. As she grows up, she faces tragedy and triumph, from staring down a wild leopard to protect her family's sheep and goats, to carefully crossing borders and evading immigration officials across Africa, and traveling with her family to America to begin life anew.

Warda is a powerful memoir that will help readers understand the inequities and injustices embedded in a global system that determines who is allowed to move freely and live where they choose. It is the story of a father's relentless quest to give his eldest daughter the opportunities he never had and a daughter's perseverance, determination, and steadfast refusal to let go of a dream.

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