We’ve let too many moments slip by.
This moment must be captured.
It’s time to have honest conversations
about race in your organization.
Here is a way to get that started.
I write this on Juneteenth, 2020.
We have put off change, a reckoning, for too long. Things have gone unaddressed. We have ignored the reality of racism throughout our culture. People talk of “systemic racism.” Yes, systemic; a good word. Deep, abiding, multi-generational racism.
As we have read the news these least few weeks, we see that one way many, many people are responding is by following the impulse to become better informed. To “educate themselves.” People are reading books — not just one, but quite a few books that seem to be written for this moment.
Don’t you think it would be helpful for your organization to have some honest conversations about race? And don’t you think that these conversations would be more productive if they were informed by the best books that people are reading?
I can help.
I have been presenting comprehensive synopses of books on poverty, social justice, and racism for over fifteen years. I have presented these for CitySquare, each month, at the Urban Engagement Book Club. And I have also presented a few of these synopses for the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance.
At our First Friday Book Synopsis, we have always presented two business books each month. For the next few months, it will be one business book, and one book dealing with issues of racism. I will begin with Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi at our July 3 gathering (on Zoom).
Please take a look at this flier. Think about your needs. I think what I offer can help you jump start some of those needed conversations for your leadership team, and others in your organization.
Let me know if I can help.