As SVP continues to deepen our understanding of the racial inequities in our communities we are working to provide opportunities for partners to engage in conversation, open dialogue and learning. Through the SVP Racial Equity Book Club we hope to foster dialogue, build relationships, and push ourselves out of our comfort zone to talk about these important issues.
SVP Racial Equity Book Club is a potluck so please bring a dish to share with your fellow partners, as well as your curiosity, open mind, insights, bravery and respect. Drinks and a comfortable setting for conversation will be provided.
While many inequities exist in our community, race is SVP’s starting (but not ending) focus area. We must be intentional and strategic about finding and getting in the way of patterns, behaviors and pathways in our society and institutions that foster and perpetuate racial inequities.
Book Choice: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
In a story of hope and longing, three young people set out from the American South during different decades of the 20th Century en route to the North and West in search of what the novelist Richard Wright called "the warmth of other suns."
Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, George Swanson Starling and Robert Joseph Pershing Foster are among the six million African-Americans who fled the South during what would become known as the Great Migration, a watershed in American history. This book interweaves their stories and those of others who made the journey with the larger forces and inner motivations that compelled them to flee, and with the challenges they confronted upon arrival in the New World.
Note: The book club is only open to SVP Partners.