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Racial Justice Reading Group: Begin Again In person (weather permitting)

Submitted by liza_12 on Wed, 05/12/2021 - 7:31pm

Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own by Eddie Glaude

“Even if you don’t agree with Glaude’s interpretations, you’ll find yourself productively arguing with them. He parses, he pronounces, he cajoles. He spurs you to revisit Baldwin’s work yourself.”—The New York Times

Begin Again is one of the great books on James Baldwin and a powerful reckoning with America’s ongoing failure to confront the lies it tells itself about race. Just as in Baldwin’s “after times,” argues Eddie S. Glaude Jr., when white Americans met the civil rights movement’s call for truth and justice with blind rage and the murders of movement leaders, so in our moment were the Obama presidency and the birth of Black Lives Matter answered with the ascendance of Trump and the violent resurgence of white nationalism.

In these brilliant and stirring pages, Glaude finds hope and guidance in Baldwin as he mixes biography—drawn partially from newly uncovered Baldwin interviews—with history, memoir, and poignant analysis of our current moment to reveal the painful cycle of Black resistance and white retrenchment. As Glaude bears witness to the difficult truth of racism’s continued grip on the national soul, Begin Again is a searing exploration of the tangled web of race, trauma, and memory, and a powerful interrogation of what we must ask of ourselves in order to call forth a new America.

In case of inclement weather, here is Zoom info: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81060687035?pwd=dHI1Mnl2Z3JxSEpmdVFHcDcyZ2N3Zz09
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https://www.asburybookcoop.org/book/9780525575320

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
623 Cookman Ave
Asbury Park, NJ 07712
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$27.00
ISBN: 9780525575320
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Published: Crown - June 30th, 2020