Reading Challenge

2018 Black History and Black Author Reading Challenge

Here is an opportunity to respond to one of Dubuque’s serious concerns. A recent poll reports that 68 percent of Dubuquers surveyed believe that diversity is important to our community, and 40 percent said race relations is our biggest challenge. What can you do? Join fellow citizens in learning and conversing about racism in America.

Carnegie-Stout Public Library in conjunction with faces&voices will be co-hosting the Black history Reading Challenge. Each month’s conversation will focus on an important, recent book. The meetings will be held in the Library Board Room from 3-4 p.m. on the Sundays listed below. We invite the public to join us for this educational journey.

“Letters Across the Divide: Two Friends Explore Racism, Friendship, and Faith”
by David Anderson & Brent Zuercher

“This intimate view of an intensely personal journey will disturb your coziest assumptions, make you squirm, maybe even incite a riot in your mind and heart – causing you to think differently about racial reconciliation [From back cover of book].”

“We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy”
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

“A crucial book during this moment of generational awakening.” —The New Yorker

“We Ain’t What We Ought to Be: The Black Freedom Struggle from Emancipation to Obama”
by Stephen Tuck

“In this exciting revisionist history, Stephen Tuck traces the black freedom struggle in all its diversity, from the first years of freedom during the Civil War to President Obama’s inauguration. [Inside flap]”

MAY 20
“Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption”
by Bryan Stephenson

#1 New York Times bestseller

“Every bit as moving as To Kill a Mockingbird and in some ways more so… a stirring testament to the salvation that fighting for the vulnerable sometimes yields.” —The New York Times Review of Books

“America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America”
by Jim Wallis

New York Times bestseller

“Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White”
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstello

“[He] has written a book full of wisdom and conviction that people of all walks of life should read.” —Senator Bill Bradley

“For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education”
by Christopher Emdin

New York Times bestseller

“The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism”
by Edward E. Baptist

“A myth-busting work that pursues how the world profited from American slavery …” —Kirkus