Welcome to GovReaders! We are a student-led book club that focuses on social justice and civics ed. Hopefully you met us, Faith and Leeza, on the home page through our bios. This is Leeza speaking, and I’m here to introduce you to our project.
Faith and I met through the live streams that College Board arranged in order to help students study for the AP US Government and Politics exam. Ms. Hitchcock was the teacher hosting these lessons. She was a wonderful teacher even through the screen, and she created a wonderful educational community on twitter called #APlovgov. Faith and I are aiming to rejuvenate this community by creating one of our own through a nation-wide book club for all ages.
We want this book club to be a good opportunity to work on being a better citizen in terms of civil justice. It is difficult to work on such systemic and widespread problems in the US when we haven’t learned about them in school. Recent events taught us about the importance of learning about the root causes of systemic racism and their deadly butterfly effects. The murder of George Floyd was a sort of last straw, a wake up call to people like us. Change needs to happen, but in order for us to start making it, we need to educate ourselves.
So, we are starting with How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.
We are trying to make sure everyone is able to get the book in their hands, and that we as moderators are prepared to host as many people as there are signing up. So our starting date will be around July 1st. Our first meeting will be July 13, where we discuss chapters 1-6 through Zoom at 7pm EST, or 6pm CST. From then on, we will continue weekly, discussing 6 chapters at a time, until we finish all 18 chapters. At some point we will also decide as a group which book we should read next.
I’d also like to note that Faith and I are in no way leaders. We are just creating the space, and then joining the conversation. The space is open to anyone and everyone. If many people decide to join us on this, we can make separate breakout rooms in order for each person to be able to share something. If you have already read How To Be and Antiracist, feel free to join the book club anyways just to attend the meetings, because the meetings will not center on just the book but also on what we plan to do with the information that we learned from the book in order to make change in our communities.