Book of The Month

Book Selections: January ’21

Happy New Year!  I hope you are having a fantastic start to the year.  I know the holiday season has not been the same as years past but we hope you found a small moment to make this season bright.

We are kicking off 2021 with a bang! We are hitting the ground running with not one but TWO book selections.  This year we are continuing our normal book of the month selections, and as usual, our adult book club has selected an amazing book.  Our monthly theme was “New Segregation in Education” and our members selected “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in The Cafeteria?” by Beverly Daniel Tatum.  Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues in her book that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides. We can’t wait to dig into this conversation.

To get in on this conversation and to join the Black Men Read Book Club – Facebook group, click this link.

New for 2021

We are delivering fresh ways to interact with members this year.  In addition to our Book of the Month for the adult male book club, we are also providing alternate opportunities for our members and followers (this includes our female supporters) to interact with amazing literary works.  Starting in January and continuing through May we are taking our book club model to our local county library.  We are proud to partner with Chesterfield County (VA) Public Library to provide an amazing book club experience for all.  We have titled the first three installments the ERASE THE GAP Series.  In this series, we look to erase gaps in the understanding, empathy and action around sensitive topics concerning the Black community.  This content is free of charge, virtual and available to anyone, even if you do not have a library card or live in the county.

The first book in this series is “The Color of Law” by Richard Rothstein.  In this work, Rothstein, a leading authority on housing policy, explodes the myth that America’s cities came to be racially divided through de facto segregation—that is, through individual prejudices, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. You don’t want to miss this book or this conversation!

To register for the book club event on January 29, 2021 at 7pm Eastern head over to the Chesterfield County (VA) Public Library event page to register (Link). Space is limited so please register early.

This is only the beginning.  There will be at least two books to choose from each month as well as fun events mixed in.  Stay tuned!


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Book Review: “Men We Reaped” by Jesmyn Ward

Let me be clear. I am a HUGE Jesmyn Ward fan. Her writing is amazing. I love the eloquent way she speaks. She represents a region of this country that needs to have their stories told. I admire the courage she displays in the specific, and sometimes ultra personal, matters she details in her books. This is my book review for “Men We Reaped” by one of my favorite authors, Jesmyn Ward.

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#BotM March 2018: “Assata”

Our #BookoftheMonth for March 2018 is about the life of activist Assata Shakur, a black revolutionary and powerful figure of the Black Power movement in the 60s. Her story, although mostly couched in previous periods of time, still resonate in today’s societal struggles with police brutality, mass incarceration and military style policing.

Pick up your copy today at these fine retailers:

Mahogany Books: Assata: An Autobiography
Amazon.com: Assata: An Autobiography
Barnes & Noble: Assata: An Autobiography

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#BotM February 2018: “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?”

Our #BookoftheMonth for February 2018 is going to turn your understanding of Martin Luther King and his theology on its head. “Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community?” by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of those classic pieces written by a great author that not many people quote even years later. King, well-known for his eloquent speeches and enduring leadership, details his criticism and path for reconciliation for the black community, white liberals, federal and local government, black power groups and a host of others.  I think we will all be forced to self examine where it is we think our community is headed and what part we are playing in its progress and possibly its decline.

Pick up your copy today at these fine retailers:

Mahogany Books: Where Do We Go From Here
Amazon.com: Where Do We Go From Here

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#BotM January 2018: “Electric Arches”

Our #BookoftheMonth for January 2018 is set to be a page turner. “Electric Arches” by Eve Ewing is getting rave reviews from a variety of sources. I normally don’t pay too much attention to reviews but many book bloggers are saying the same and as you know the social media crowd can sometimes be a bit harsh.  I think we will all enjoy what she has to say and I definitely look forward to discussing this one.

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