Racial Equity and Justice Class

    September 01, 2021 | Adult Christian Education by First Church
    After the George Floyd killing in late May of 2020, a large group of FUMC members and others began meeting weekly to do something about the ongoing problem of structural racism in our society. For the past 15 months, we convened every Wednesday evening over Zoom to read and discuss books, listen to audio, and watch video about race in America. We have also formed action groups on behalf of working to achieve racial justice locally and broadly.After a brief (August) break, we are reconvening next Wednesday, September 8 (at the usual 6 p.m. time). Our activity for the fall is to read and/or listen to and discuss Eddie Glaude’s award-winning book, Begin AgainJames Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own.

    All FUMC members and friends are invited to take part. Each week a different leader will conduct the session, which will include recorded passages from one chapter (so you don’t even need to read the book!), and open discussion. Of course, you are also more than welcome to read the chapter—book copies are readily available at online sources and local bookstores. If you are interested, send an email to OliverR@health.missouri.edu for the Zoom link.

    "Eddie Glaude is such a terrific writer. In Begin Again, as he wrestles with James Baldwin's work and fraught relationship to the United States, Glaude's work is urgent, pained, and strangely hopeful. He is issuing a call to reckoning: not just with the dishonesty of America's founding promises, but with the tolls that its intrinsic racism has taken on the artists and thinkers who have come before. Glaude reminds readers of the inescapability of struggle and of the responsibility of consciousness, making explicit how our history underpins our current political moment. It's a great book.”  —Rebecca  Raister, author of All the Single Ladies and Good and Mad.

    "Eddie Glaude has plunged to the profound depths and soared to the sublime heights of Baldwin's prophetic challenge to our present-day crisis. This book is, undoubtedly, the best treatment we have of Baldwin's genius and relevance. Glaude's masterpiece puts a smile on Baldwin's face from the grave even as Baldwin weeps for us in this grim moment! With subtle brilliance and heartfelt tears, Glaude breaks bread with Baldwin in order to give us courage and hope!”  —Cornel West, author of Democracy Matters and Race Matters.