Book Club

About Book Club

The Integrated Schools Book Club is a way for people from across the country to come together and discuss books, articles, videos, and podcasts pertaining to school integration. While the conversations are geared for parents, everyone is welcome.

We meet via video-conference and keep the sessions small so that everyone has a chance to talk — this is not a webinar!  There is no cost to attend — you need only internet access at the time of the meeting (and if you don’t have access to a computer with a camera, no worries).

 How Book Club Works

  • Register using the links on this page (you’ll be emailed a confirmation with simple instructions for how to log in to the video conference)
  • Invite your friends! Post on your social media!
  • Get ahold of the book/ readings/ podcast/ videos
  • Read/ Listen/ View (do your homework)
  • Join the video-conference discussion at the scheduled time and talk!

Join us in September for the next Integrated Schools Book Club discussion!

We will be reading Ghosts in the Schoolyard by Eve Ewing.

About the book (from Dr. Ewing’s website):

In the spring of 2013, approximately 12,000 children in Chicago received notice that their last day of school would be not only the final day of the year, but also the final day of their school’s very existence. The nation’s third largest school district would eventually shutter 53 schools, citing budget limitations, building underutilization, and concerns about academic performance. Of the thousands of displaced students, 94% were low-income and 88% were African-American, leading critics to accuse district CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and Mayor Rahm Emanuel of racism. “[The mayor] says that he wants to turn around the city of Chicago, make a new Chicago,” one activist told a reporter. “Does that new Chicago mean no black folks? Where are people going to go?”

Ghosts in the Schoolyard tells the story of these school closings, from their unfolding to their aftermath, in Bronzeville, a historically significant African-American community on the South Side of Chicago. The book details the resistance efforts of the residents of Bronzeville, inspired by the legacy of a storied past and driven to fight back against the malfeasance and disregard of city political leaders. But at its core, this is a book about what schools really mean to Americans and to African-Americans in particular, beyond the brick and mortar that compose them or the test scores and graduation rates that garner the most public attention. The book tells a story of love and loss, and the ongoing struggle of black people in America toward thriving livelihoods and self-determination.

 

Register to join in the discussion by clicking the date/time that works for you:

 September 23, 2020 (Wednesday) at 9amPT/noonET 

September 26, 2020 (Saturday) at 9amPT/noonET

 September 29, 2020 (Tuesday) at 5pmPT/8pmET

 October 1, 2020 (Thursday) at 8pmPT/11pmET 

We are thrilled to announce a partnership with IndieBound – a community of local, independent bookstores.  If you use our affiliate link to buy the book or any other books, not only will you be supporting a local, independent book store, but a portion of the proceeds will also come back to Integrated Schools.

Check out our previous Book Clubs to see what else we’ve been reading!