Speak Up / Speak Out

Conversations About Race

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.
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.
 

Thursday, April 22 | 2-3 p.m.

The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

Check it out: BookeBookeAudiobook

Moderator: 
Donna Zuiderweg, CCEO, Columbus Metropolitan Library

Panelists:
Tasha Booker, Executive Director, City Year Columbus, Daniel Juday, Speaker + Convener, Daniel Juday LLC, Amelia Robinson, Opinion and Community Impact EditorThe Columbus Dispatch, Dr. Anthony Wilson, President – Central Ohio Chapter, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

Discussion Guide

 
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.

Tuesday, May 25 | 2-3 p.m.

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together In The Cafeteria?
by Beverly Daniel Tatum

Check it out: BookeBookeAudiobook

MODERATOR: TBD 

PANELISTS: TBD

Discussion Guide

 
How We Fight for Our Lives Haunted and haunting, How We Fight for Our Lives is a stunning coming-of-age memoir about a young, Black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence – into tumultuous relationships with his family, into passing flings with lovers, friends and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability, love and grief: a portrait of what we all do for one another – and to one another –  as we fight to become ourselves.

Wednesday, June 23 | 2-3 p.m.

How We Fight for Our Lives
by Saeed Jones

Check it out: BookeBookeAudiobook

MODERATOR: TBD 

PANELISTS: TBD
 
Broken on All Sides Presenting a historical narrative not often heard about prisons and crime, this documentary investigates the complex issues of discretion within the system, racial targeting and the largest spike in the number of people incarcerated in our nation’s history. Through interviews with people caught up in the system, this documentary answers and provokes questions on an issue walled off from the public’s scrutiny. Broken on All Sides dissects the War on Drugs and “tough on crime” movement, illustrating how the emerging Occupy movement offers hope for change, and explores possible reforms and solutions to ending mass incarceration.

Thursday, July 22 | 2-3 p.m.

Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.

Stream on Kanopy.

MODERATOR: TBD 

PANELISTS: TBD
 
Eloquent Rage  With searing honesty, intimacy and humor too, America’s leading young Black feminist celebrates the power of rage in this piercing new book. So what if it’s true that Black women are mad as hell? They have the right to be. In the Black feminist tradition of Audre Lorde, Brittney Cooper reminds us that anger is a powerful source of energy that can give us the strength to keep on fighting.
 
Far too often, Black women’s anger has been caricatured into an ugly and destructive force that threatens the civility and social fabric of American democracy. But Cooper shows us that there is more to the story than that. Black women’s eloquent rage makes Serena Williams such a powerful tennis player. It’s what makes Beyonce’s girl power anthems resonate to hard. It’s what makes Michelle Obama an icon.

Tuesday, Aug. 24 | 2-3 p.m.

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
by Brittney Cooper

Check it out: BookeBookeAudiobook

MODERATOR: TBD 

PANELISTS: TBD
 

I Am Not Your Negro is a 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. 

The film was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2017 Academy Awards.

DISCUSSION 1

I Am Not Your Negro

Stream on Kanopy or check it out on DVD or Blu-ray

MODERATOR:
Donna Zuiderweg
CCEO, Columbus Metropolitan Library 
 
PANELISTS:
Jevon CollinsPerforming Arts Director, King Arts Complex, Chris HamelCEO, Gateway Film Center, Angela PaceCommunity Affairs Director, WBNS-10TV and Letha PughCo-Founder, Bake Me Happy, LLC.
 

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.

DISCUSSION 2

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
by Richard Rothstein

Check it out: BookeBookeAudiobook

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. MonteroPartner, NBBJ, Carter StewartManaging 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”
Video: “Segregated by Design”

SAVE THE DATES

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.