Racial Justice Book Club

Raising Awareness of Racial Justice

Every other month, a high quality, carefully vetted book focusing on racial justice issues will be selected for participants to read and discuss.


June 8, 2017 at 5:OO PM 
University City Library, Room  2  6701 Delmar Blvd.  University City, MO. 63130

Parking available next to library and in a lot across the street from the library…east of the library off of Kingsland


The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs

“An instant New York Times bestseller, named a best book of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Amazon, and Entertainment Weekly, among others, this celebrated account of a young African-American man who escaped Newark, NJ, to attend Yale, but still faced the dangers of the streets when he returned is, “nuanced and shattering” (People) and “mesmeric” (The New York Times Book Review)”. (from Amazon website)

Jeff Hobbs, the author, and Rob Peace roomed together at Yale.  Peace was a groomsman at Hobb’s wedding and they kept in touch sporadically after college.  Peace’s life and death led Hobb’s to investigate the man he and so many others thought they knew.  The result is a fascinating story.

“As a page turner alone, the story wins…What is worth adding is that the book will be highly provocative, even irritating, to those who answer the problems of the American underclass with prefab ideological theories and solutions.”  (from the New York Times Review)

Please join us for a stimulating discussion of a book that is sure to challenge our thinking.  Note that the location of the discussion changes in the summer.

Book Group Calendar

April 2016:    Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

June 2016:  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates  

August 2016:  Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy

October 2016:  South of Haunted Dreams by Eddie L. Harris

December 2016:  On the Run by Alice Goffman

February 2017:  The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

April 2017:  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by

Michelle Alexander  April 13:  in-person discussion at 5:30 at The Heights prior to the Women’s Voices monthly meeting

June 2017:  The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jim Hobbs