Discussions of “Between the World and Me” begin Oct. 7

As part of St. Mark’s racial reconciliation work, please start reading “Between the World and Me,” by Ta Nehisi Coates. We will have three meetings to discuss this important book.
The book is a letter to the author’s teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States. Please read the first section, to page 71, before our first session. An audio version is available from Amazon.
We will have the discussion on three Sundays in our Community Life Center, beginning on Oct. 7.
Novelist Toni Morrison wrote that Coates filled an intellectual gap in succession to James Baldwin. Editors of The New York Times and The New Yorker described the book as exceptional. The book won the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction.
“In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis,” said the website GoodReads. “Americans have built an empire on the idea of ‘race,’ a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men – bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?”
“In a media world populated with pundits, so-called experts and public intellectuals driven by ego and familiar agendas, Coates’s voice stands nearly alone,” said The New York Times.