The Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society
"The connection to yesterday"
THE RACE INITIATIVE BOOK CLUB, a component of the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society Racial Healing Initiative, is a free drop-in club, where all are invited whether they have read the book or not. The club meets the third Thursday of every other month September through July at from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Kazoo Books, 2413 Parkview, Kalamazoo, Michigan. Both fiction and non-fiction books are read. Suggestions are encouraged.
The group next meets on July 18, 2013. Books scheduled for discussion for
both the July 18 and September 19 meetings include:
Morris Dees, is cofounder of the Montgomery, Ala., Southern Poverty Law Center, an indefatigable foe of racism and a champion of civil rights. The grandson of a Klansman, gutsy, straight-talking Dees overcame "a lifetime of indoctrination" to spearhead such trailblazing cases as those involving the segregation of the Montgomery, Ala. YMCA and the exclusion of minorities from Southern juries. This electrifying, moving autobiography, written with Fiffer, a Chicago lawyer, is as notable for its tense courtroom dramas as for its intimate portrayal of a South in the throes of change. The book's close-up account of the ugly violence perpetrated by the Klan and other white-supremacist groups in the 1980s is shocking.
The definitive political biography of Rosa Parks examines her six decades of activism, challenging perceptions of her as an accidental actor in the civil rights movement. Presenting a corrective to the popular notion of Rosa Parks as the quiet seamstress who, with a single act, birthed the modern civil rights movement, Theoharis provides a revealing window into Parks's politics and years of activism. She shows readers how this civil rights movement radical sought-for more than a half a century-to expose and eradicate the American racial-caste system in jobs, schools, public services, and criminal justice.
Other 2013 Books Have Included: