Book Launch at the Birmingham Public library in June. We discussed mental health and historical trauma and how best to lead a book group
More Information on the Books
Homegoing by Alabama native Yaa Gyasi follows eight generations of two sisters born in Ghana. Her novel traces their lives from the Gold Coat and Mississippi plantations to Alabama mines and Harlem Jazz clubs. Choose this book to discuss generation trauma, Alabama convict lease system, and how the past enfolds our present.
Legacies of Lynching
This book examines the evolution of lynching as a symbol in art, literature, pop culture, and political speech. For those looking for a more academic read, this book will help you understand how the memory of lynching persists in our culture today.
Published in 1944, Strange Fruit tells the tragedy and love story between a black woman and a white man in 1920s Georgia. This book will help those who want to better understand how racial terror controlled the romantic and social spheres of our towns and counties and how these topics were approached and understood in the 1940s.
From the Founder and Director of the Equal Justice Initiative, Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy tells the story of EJI and current issues of civil and legal injustices. Pick this book if you’re interested in learning about the legacies of racial violence in our criminal justice system.
The Cross and the Lynching Tree
James H. Cone
Theologian James H. Cone explores connections between the symbols of the cross and lynching tree. He examines black history and Christian theology to explain how life can be meaningful in the face of injustice. Choose this book if you’re interested in religions connections to remembrance or for your congregations book club or home group.