Seabeck Book Club is reading An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
The Seabeck Book Club will return to An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, reading and discussing as follows: 1/03 We will visit the state Poor Peoples’ Campaign monthly meeting; 1/10 Chapter 7 Sea to Shining Sea; 1/17 Chapter 8 Indian Country; 1/24 Chapter 9 US Triumphalism and Peacetime Colonialism; 1/31 Chapter 10 Ghost Dance Prophecy, We have discovered that to get through white fragility” reactions it helps to start each meeting in prayer for forgiveness and wisdom. Newcomers are welcome.
Racial Justice Book Club: My Grandmother’s Hands
The Racial Justice Book Club will meet on Tuesday, January 18 at 12:00-1:30 on zoom. We are continuing to work with the book My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem. This book truly leads the reader, one meditation at a time, through a practice evoking your feelings about trauma and then letting your body release them.
Book Review of The Water Dancer (a novel) by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2019)
This is a work of staggering imagination and rich historical significance about slavery in the South. Young Hiram Walker was born into bondage and his mother was sold away. Hiram was robbed of all memory of her – but was gifted with a mysterious power which puzzles him as it pops up from time to time. He works in the fields until his father, owner of the proud plantation, makes him a house servant to help entertain guests. Then, as the plantation goes down hill, he further complicates Hiram’s life by assigning him as valet and protector of his uncouth all-white half brother.
This tale is backed by deep research to lay out for us the dramatic story of the atrocities inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. Written by one of today’s most exciting thinkers and writers, The Water Dancer is a propulsive, transcendent work that restores the humanity of those from whom everything was stolen. Be ready for the stirring of emotions as you read of those of Hiram and his fellow Taskers in the field and house.