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Race Matters book club for August

The “Race Matters” Book Club sponsored by ACTS will read “The Hate U Give” for its 4th Monday of the month gathering on Monday August 27 @ 7 PM.  This session will be held at Plymouth Congregational Church at 232 E. Onondaga Street in downtown Syracuse.

The highly regarded “The Hate U Give” is a young adult’s book by African-American writer, Angie Thomas.  From the book jacket: “Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor black neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a policy officer. Khalil was unarmed.”

The book is available in paperback and through the Onondaga County Public Library system.  Study guides are available for purchase on-line. See book review by Rev. Carrie Schofiled-Broadbent at  A movie based on the novel is to be released in October.

The “Race Matters” initiative is intended to raise the consciousness of the white community in particular about matters such as systematic racism and white privilege.  Participation from diverse people is most welcome.  One needs not to commit to ongoing attendance at the book club.  ACTS is our community’s interfaith social justice network that advocates for changes in public policy and provides for educational opportunities on current issues and leadership training.  ACTS Executive Director Peter Sarver will facilitate the book discussion.

September’s book will be “Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City” by Matthew Desmond.  Mayor Ben Walsh has recently launched a citywide book club with this 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner.