What we're about

We are a group of black women who love to read, want to read more and meet like-minded women. We are here to inspire women to read, share literature, fellowship, and encourage others in the joy of reading. Check the events and locations to join us at a book club meeting. We are an eclectic group of women and so are our reading selections.

In between meetings, make sure that you keep a eye on the message boards over at https://www.meetup.com/Mocha-Girls-Read-Oakland/messages/boards/ where other news and announcements will be made.

Find out more on our website http://mochagirlsread.com

If you are media, please email Mocha Girl Dindi at media@mochagirlsread.com

For Authors and Publishers, please email Mocha Girl Classy at classy@mochagirlsread.com

Upcoming events (5)

Zoom Reading Time - Reading Apart Together

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A lot of us are home alone and need a bit of company. Every Monday we are going to take an hour and read together silently. Pick any book you want. Log in. Read for as long as you want. Zoom Reading Time - Reading Apart Together Every Monday During Lockdown PST: 3pm CST: 5pm EST: 6pm Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/342367848?pwd=QWE2MXdXVmxIeEg3WURQM3BLVzBzZz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Password in the comment section

Mocha Girl Stretch Time

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We are going to take 30 minutes to stretch with Mocha Girl Sherrae. Hello, my name is Sherrae. I am a personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist, who is passionate about keeping people moving and healthy. I've worked with people of all fitness levels, so come as you are, and just enjoy it! Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85657932292?pwd=cjRMeWNmK25ka0lNdk5zc0VDeDhrZz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Password in the comments

Book Club Meeting: The Black Cabinet by Jill Watts

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Book Synopsis A magnificently researched, dramatically told work of narrative nonfiction about the history, evolution, impact, and ultimate demise of what was known in the 1930s and 1940s as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Black Cabinet. In the early 20th century, most African Americans still lived in the South, disenfranchised, impoverished, terrorized by white violence, and denied the basic rights of citizenship. As the Democrats swept into the White House on a wave of black defectors from the Party of Lincoln, a group of African American intellectuals—legal minds, social scientists, media folk—sought to get the community’s needs on the table. This would become the Black Cabinet, a group of African American racial affairs experts working throughout the New Deal, forming an unofficial advisory council to lobby the President. But with the white Southern vote so important to the fortunes of the Party, the path would be far from smooth. Most prominent in the Black Cabinet were Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator close to Eleanor Roosevelt, and her “boys”: Robert Weaver, a Harvard-educated economist who pioneered enforcement standards for federal anti-discrimination guidelines (and, years later, the first African American Cabinet secretary); Bill Hastie, a lawyer who would become a federal appellate judge; Al Smith, head of the largest black jobs program in the New Deal at the WPA; and Robert Vann, a newspaper publisher whose unstinting reporting on the administration’s shortcomings would keep his erstwhile colleagues honest. Ralph Bunche, Walter White of the NAACP, A. Philip Randolph, and others are part of the story as well. But the Black Cabinet was never officially recognized by FDR, and with the demise of the New Deal, it disappeared from history. Jill Watts’s The Black Cabinet is a dramatic full-scale examination of a forgotten moment that speaks directly to our own. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ We will be meeting online. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87290451973 Meeting ID:[masked] - - - - - - - - - - - Looking forward to seeing you all there! P.S. If you don't finish the book, come anyway!! (If you don't mind hearing about the end.) - - - - - - - - - - - Buy the book from your local Bookstore (most will give you a book of the month discount)

Black Men Read & Mocha Girls Read Book Club Meeting: The Black Cabinet x J Watts

Black Men Read and Mocha Girls Read are going to have a joint book club meeting for the book THE BLACK CABINET by Jill Watts. This time we get to hear what the men folks think. Please feel free to invite men to the meeting. Just make sure you and your guest read (some) of the book before the meeting. Who are Black Men Read? BLACK MEN READ is a 501(c)(3) organization that exists to ignite and empower communities of color by inspiring literacy. Through mentorship and advocacy, we aim to improve educational outcomes and foster a lifelong love of reading with a focus on Black men and boys. Link: https://blackmenreadnow.com/ Please RSVP only if you ARE coming! Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85275675835?pwd=dnlhc0FaTFpMTzhIdDFsM0NJRHdWUT09 Meeting ID:[masked] Password in the comments section below

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Mocha Girl Stretch Time

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