Virtual book discussion of “At the Dark End of the Street” by Danielle L. McGuire
Wednesday, February 28, 2024, 7-9pm EST (UTC-5)
The Dock C. Bracy Center’s Reading for Understanding monthly book discussions are free and have two requirements: Read the book and make time for the discussion.
Cover of the book At the Dark End of the Street by Danielle L. McGuire
Reading for Understanding: Free Monthly Virtual Book Discussions to Promote Reading, Ongoing Learning and Critical Conversations
At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance
by Danielle L. McGuire
Facilitated by Linda & Deborah
Bookstore: Uncle Bobbies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, https://www.unclebobbies.com
Embark on a powerful exploration of history and resistance in our upcoming virtual book discussion featuring Danielle L. McGuire’s groundbreaking work, “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance.”
About the Book
In this compelling narrative, McGuire unveils the hidden stories of Black women who, against tremendous odds, fought against sexual violence and injustice during the Civil Rights era. “At the Dark End of the Street” illuminates the courage, resilience, and activism of these women, contributing to a richer understanding of the intersectionality of race and gender in the struggle for civil rights.
Examining the historical context of sexual violence against Black women
Reflecting on the resilience and resistance demonstrated by these women
Discussing the impact of their contributions to the broader Civil Rights Movement
Exploring the relevance of these stories in today’s conversations on racial and gender justice
The discussion will take place on Zoom, providing a convenient and inclusive space for participants to share their perspectives and engage in meaningful dialogue. Registered participants will login to their Eventbrite account to access this virtual event via the event page.
Deborah and Linda will guide the conversation, encouraging participants to share their thoughts, ask questions, and explore different viewpoints.
To participate in this insightful book discussion, please register by https://www.eventbrite.com/e/757303644587. Registration is free and by donation, and all are welcome to join this enriching conversation.
Support black-owned bookstores
Where and how you choose to spend money has power. Shop Uncle Bobbies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, https://www.unclebobbies.com or or visit African American Literature Book Club, https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php to find a black-owned bookstore in your area.
Reserve your virtual seat for the discussion.
Communities function best with (a few) shared values like safety and order. We want our communities to be safe. We want law enforcement to be fair. We want police to do their job in a manner that is safe for them and for community members. We expect these elements to be a given-a shared goal based on shared values-but we are in a moment where instead of safety, we are witnessing tragedy in our communities. Smartphone video is documenting police and citizen interactions in a way that wasn’t possible in earlier times. The role, management and funding of police has come under question as incidents of violence crossing racial lines are no longer invisible to the larger community. This conversation offers an opportunity to speak of our experiences and perspectives on this situation.
We restore faith in American Leadership by training Reconciliation Leaders (www.global-leader.org) and hosting first Monday monthly America’s Soul Community from 7-8:30 pm eastern time. RSVP at virginiaswain.com/upcoming-events for zoom link and/or make a voluntary donation.
Bring paper and colored markers to doodle. Learn more about our visioning process here: https://global-leader.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Imaging-A-Strategic-Visioing-Process.pdf. Drawing on 30 years’ experience training Reconciliation Leaders in the United Nations, Virginia is now focused on American leaders. We must regain the collective spiritual and moral essence in American leaders. In resources provided by studies at the Fetzer institute, the link between spiritual development and the healing of our democracy is established. See our blog posts here. and here.
Our action research for America’s Soul Community Vision and Strategy shows how engaging in deep dialogue, reflection, and collaboration will: Reduce fear, blame, projection and challenge division, racism, and oppression. Increase love, inquiry, trust, respect, humility, inclusiveness, and connectedness. Foster a just and sustainable America as a partner on the world stage. Virginia Swain, the founder of America’s Soul Community, was in New York City during the attacks of 9/11 and had a dream that evening in which a Phoenix rose from the ashes of Ground Zero. The Phoenix identified itself as our collective soul and offered a message of hope to people who wished to heal themselves. Each person in America can recover, cultivate, and nourish their spiritual and moral essence. We found we could co-create a community to take us beyond individual and group egoism and overcome the fear and mistrust that keeps us separate and isolated from each other and from the rest of the world.
Read more by reading and hearing Virginia’s latest book on audible and in print: My Soul’s Journey to Redefine Leadership: A New Phoenix Rises from the Ashes of 9/11 (Xlibris 2016 and Audible 2022). For more https://global-leader.org/americas-soul-cafes/
As we navigate the 2024 election, are we being informed or influenced? This webinar will teach skills for identifying credible election information. We will learn how to evaluate the purpose of the information sources share, how to identify common misinformation trends and forms of bias, and how to prioritize finding credible sources.
Join us for a free workshop that brings together Red (conservative or Republican-leaning) and Blue (liberal or Democratic-leaning) citizens for moderated activities and structured discussions that reduce stereotyped thinking, clarify disagreements, build relationships and find common ground through listening and learning rather than declaring and debating.
This is an all day, online workshop with an hours break for lunch. In the morning session, participants get to know one another and a foundation of trust is established. This paves the way for a deeper dive into authentic, respectful and thought-provoking questions and answers in the afternoon session.
NOTE: It is important to be available and committed for both sessions.
Who can attend?
Anyone interested in developing a deeper understanding of, and connection with, people whose political beliefs differ from their own is welcome. There are two ways to join a Red/Blue Workshop: as a Participant or as an Observer.
- Participants engage in small – and large – group discussions with individuals of both the same and different political persuasions. Participants identify as “red” or “blue” leaning. We strive for an equal balance of red and blue participants: 6 to 8 people on each side.
- Observers watch and listen, but do not participate in the discussions.
- To better understand the experiences and beliefs of those on the other side of the political divide;
- To seek out areas of common ground in addition to acknowledging and respecting difference;
- To gain insights that might help to heal the increasing polarization in our community and the nation
Questions? Contact Yvonne Boyd at email@example.com