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.

October 12, 2017 at 5:30 PM
The Heights, 8001 Dale Ave., Richmond Heights, 63117. The book club will meet in the Dale room.

Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Joy De Gruy-Leary

Dr. Joy DeGruy-Leary is a highly regarded researcher, educator, and the author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing. The book was published in 2005 and is the result of many years of historical research by Dr. DeGruy-Leary.

The author herself best describes her work: “Today, the legacy of slavery remains etched in our souls.  Understanding the role our past plays in our present attitudes, outlooks, mindsets and circumstances is important if we are to free ourselves from the spiritual, mental and emotional shackles that bind us today, shackles that limit what we believe we can be, do and have.  Understanding the role Post-Traumatic-Slavery-Syndrome plays in our evolution may be the key that helps to set us on the path to well-being.”

We hope you will join us to discuss this interesting and sometimes controversial book.  Look forward to a stimulating and spirited discussion!

If you wish to purchase the book, it will be available at Left Bank Books or on their website during the months of September and October at a 20% discount.  A mail delivery option is available.

Registration is not required, but will help us plan. Let us know you’re coming here.

Book Group Calendar

12/14/17    March (three book series) by John Lewis

2/8/18        The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

4/12/18     The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin

6/14/18     To Be Announced

8/9/18       Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman, Jr.


Books Previously Read

Here is a list of books read, enjoyed and discussed by Women’s Voices members and guests during the past year.  We encourage you to read one or all.  You will find these books thought provoking, challenging, and very timely in today’s racial climate.

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

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy

South of Haunted Dreams by Eddie L. Harris

On the Run by Alice Goffman

The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs

Power Concedes Nothing: One Woman’s Quest for Social Justice in America, from the Courtroom to the Kill Zones by Connie Rice