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UUUM BOOK CLUB

Read to Make a Difference

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JOIN THE UUUM BOOK CLUB

Every month we will read and discuss books written by local BIPOC authors on social justice. The purpose of the UUUM Book Club is to create a safe and inclusive space where members can come together to read, discuss, and reflect on books that shed light on critical social issues, promote empathy, and inspire positive change in the world. Through these thought-provoking reads, we aim to:

  • Raise Awareness

  • Foster Empathy

  • Engage in Constructive Dialogue

  • Inspire Action

  • Promote Diverse Voices

  • Create Lasting Connections

  • Learn and Grow

Through this book club, we hope to make a positive impact, both within ourselves and in the world around us. By immersing ourselves in literature that calls for justice, equality, and compassion, we envision becoming catalysts for positive change and advocates for a more inclusive and just society. Together, we embark on this transformative literary journey, united in our commitment to social justice.

JANUARY BOOK READING: CHAIN OF CHANGE

Chain of Change: Struggles For Black Community Development 

by Mel King 

About the Book:

"Chain of Change" chronicles the history of Boston's black community from spanning the 1950s to the 1970s. In this compelling narrative, Mel King explores the evolution of black consciousness and empowerment, shaped by the enduring battles for equitable job opportunities, housing, education, and political representation.
King not only delves into the past but also offers a forward-looking vision. He presents a strategic blueprint for community-driven economic development and inclusive political representation—a blueprint with broad relevance to major urban centers across the nation.

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UUUM Book Club Structure

  1. Book Selection: Each month, we will read and discuss one book on social justice written by a local BIPOC authors. The books have been pre-ordered through Frugal Bookstore and will be shipped to the member after they register for UUUM Book Club.
     

  2. Meeting Frequency: We will meet three times a month. The first meeting will be in-person, the second meeting will be held virtually via Zoom, and the third meeting will be a special session [ideally] with the book's author. The author's availability and preference will determine whether the session is in-person or virtual. Details about the date, time, and location will be communicated closer to the meeting dates.
     

  3. Meeting Agenda: The book club meeting will last for two hours. A week before each meeting, we will email the agenda to all participants.
     

  4. Food: During our in-person meetings, food will be provided from a local BIPOC restaurant. 
     

  5. Membership: We aim to have a diverse and inclusive group. There will be 10 members in total, with members representing both our neighborhood and member congregations.
     

  6. Pre-work Sheet: We highly recommend all participants complete the Pre-work sheet before each meeting. This will enhance the discussion and enable everyone to contribute meaningfully.

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About the Author:

Mel King is a renowned American figure known for his lifelong dedication to civil rights, community activism, and social justice. Born on January 20, 1928, in Boston, Massachusetts, Melvin H. King, better known as Mel King, has left an indelible mark on the city's political and social landscape.

 

Mel King was also a distinguished author and tireless advocate for social justice, bringing wisdom and experience to the written word. With a lifelong commitment to civil rights and community empowerment, King's written works illuminate the struggles and triumphs of marginalized communities, offering valuable insights into the path toward a more equitable society. As an author, he created a powerful voice that resonates with readers, inspiring them to engage in meaningful dialogue and action for positive change.

UPCOMING MEETING DATES

First Meeting

Thursday, January 4th

6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

In-person Discussion

UU Urban Ministry

10 Putnam Street

Roxbury, MA 02119

Second Meeting

Thursday, January 18th

6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Location/Format

TBD

REGISTER TO JOIN US FOR THE UUUM BOOK CLUB

The UUUM Book Club aims to create an engaging opportunity for our UU members to connect with our friends in Roxbury.  If you would like to join us, please register by clicking the button below.

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*We will provide free books to all the Roxbury residents who sign up for our book club.

After registering to join our book club, you will receive the UUUM Book Club Guideline Package with details about the meeting dates, times, and locations in your email within two business days. This guideline package will also include all the information on the UUUM book club and a prework sheet with discussion questions. 

QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions, or would like further information about the UUUM Book Club, contact

Subu Karmacharya

Partnerships Coordinator 

e: skarmacharya@uuum.org

p: 617.599.5024

We are happy to be partnering with Nubian Square's:
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