Join us as we continue to discuss race and social justice in Columbus and in America. Each month we’re choosing a book, article, movie or music selection from our collection to experience and reflect upon together. We invite book clubs, families and workplaces to read, watch or listen to each month’s selection and join us in the virtual conversation.
Our moderators and panelists are community leaders who strive to speak up and speak out to address institutional and systemic inequities that face our communities.

Tuesday, March 23 | 2-3 p.m.
SELECTION: The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
Check it out: Book, eBook, eAudiobook

In The Color of Law, Rothstein describes how American cities became so racially divided through federal, state and local governments that systematically imposed residential segregation: racial zoning, public housing that segregated previously mixed communities, subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs, tax exemptions for institutions that enforced segregation and support for violent resistance to African Americans in white neighborhoods - policies that influence tragedies in places like Ferguson and Baltimore.
MODERATOR: Patrick Losinski, CEO, Columbus Metropolitan Library 
PANELISTS: Yvette McGee Brown, Partner, Jones Day, The Honorable Algenon R. Marbley, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio, A.J. Montero, Partner, NBBJ, Carter Stewart, Managing Director, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

Discussion Guide 

Book Guide

Additional Resources:
Richard Rothstein talks with Ta-Nehisi Coates
Richard Rothstein discusses the book on NPR’s “Fresh Air”

Thursday, April 22 | 2-3 p.m.
SELECTION: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Check it out: Book, eBook, eAudiobook

The Hate U Give handles topics such as race, interracial dating, grief, friendship, police brutality and the media's depiction of Black youth with honesty and empathy. In Thomas’ debut young adult novel, Starr is a 16-year-old Black girl who navigates two worlds: her Black neighborhood and her mostly White suburban high school. When a White policeman shoots her unarmed Black friend in front of her, she is confronted with her two worlds converging over questions of police brutality, justice and activism.

Discussion Guide 

Tuesday, May 25 | 2-3 p.m.
SELECTION: Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum
Check it out: Book, eBook, eAudiobook

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria? Walk into any racially mixed high school and you will see Black, White, and Latino youth clustered in their own groups. Is this self-segregation a problem to address or a coping strategy? Tatum, a renowned authority on the psychology of racism, argues that straight talk about our racial identities is essential if we are serious about enabling communication across racial and ethnic divides.

Discussion Guide

Additional Resources:
Interview with Beverly Daniel Tatum

SELECTION: I Am Not Your Negro
Stream on Kanopy or check it out on DVD or Blu-ray

I Am Not Your Negro is an award-winning 2016 documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., as well as his personal observations of American history.
MODERATOR: Donna Zuiderweg, CCEO, Columbus Metropolitan Library 
PANELISTS: Jevon Collins, Performing Arts Director, King Arts Complex, Chris Hamel, CEO, Gateway Film Center, Angela Pace, Community Affairs Director, WBNS-10TV and Letha Pugh, Co-Founder, Bake Me Happy, LLC

Discussion Guide 


  • Wednesday, June 23 | 2-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 22 | 2-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Aug. 24 | 2-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 22 | 2-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 20 | 2-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 16 | 2-3 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 9 | 2-3 p.m.