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Discussing Racism Using the One Book Selection

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Parkway Central Library

1901 Vine Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Join the Caucus of Working Educators Racial Justice Committee for an interactive session on discussions about racism using There There.

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The characters in the One Book, One Philadelphia selection There There , by Tommy Orange, experience the impacts of collective trauma and wrestle with representation, assimilation, and erasure. This novel highlights the often overlooked experiences of people who Orange refers to as “Urban Indians” in the United States.

The complexity of its characters can be used to open up a conversation about how racism and colonization continue to impact the original inhabitants of this land today.

To support the classroom, family, and group discussions taking place during the One Book season, Philly teachers Keziah Ridgeway and Charlie McGeehan from the Caucus of Working Educators Racial Justice Committee, and Philly student Go-Gi-Sgk Dimalanta will facilitate an interactive session on navigating conversations about racism.

All are welcome to join— teachers, students, librarians, readers, organizational leaders, parents—anyone interested in developing the tools and awareness to have more informed, critical conversations about racism.

This event will take place in the Parkway Central Library's Heim Center, Conference room 131/32, with lunch provided.

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