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Book Discussion Group

Trinity Church Reading Group: Books About Racism & Social Justice


In the wake of George Floyd’s murder last year, at Bishop Hughes’s recommendation last summer we started a reading group focused on books about racism and caste. Our first meeting (via Zoom) was on July 14 and we have been meeting the second Tuesday evening of each month since. We have a core group of a dozen and have attracted several folks from outside the parish. Our discussions have been very illuminating and especially the white people have had their eyes opened to the tremendous amount of suffering black people have had to endure simply because of the pigment of their skin. That said, we have more work to do.

Trinity Discussion Group on Books and Films About Racism and Social Justice
Book and Film


White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism

Robin Diangelo


Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates


Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-Winning Stamped from the Beginning

Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi


The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness

Michelle Alexander


How To Be An Antiracist

Ibram X. Kendi


White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide

Carol Anderson


The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America*

Richard Rothstein


The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison


Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents*

Isabel Wilkerson


The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X


Wilmington's Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy

David Zucchino


Notes of a Native Son

James Baldwin


You’ll Never Believe what happened to Lacey: Crazy Stories about Racism

Amber Ruffin and Lacey Lamar


The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Heather McGhee


America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to A New America

Jim Wallis

An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

Frederick Douglas: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, an American Slave

Frederick Douglas

Up from Slavery

Booker T. Washington

Strangers from a Different Shore

Ronald Takaki

The Souls of Black Folk

WEB Dubois


Art Spiegelman

How the Word is Passed

Clint Smith

Warriors Don't Cry

Melba Pattillo Beals

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