The YWCA Real Reads series provides free community conversations exploring the effects of interpersonal and structural racism on our culture and society. These thoughtfully facilitated book discussions offer an opportunity to read, talk, and listen to others, to engage in real conversation, and connect across differences.
Book discussion facilitated by YWCA experts via Zoom meeting and in person.
REAL READS, REAL DISCUSSIONS
Are you interested in learning about antiracism, racial equity, and social justice? Books are a great place to start. Books can help us with our own self-reflection and can also give us an effective way to begin having crucial conversations with our families, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. Readers can take part in a community movement to read, learn, think, talk about, and lead social transformation.
Interested in hosting a Real Reads Book Discussion? Gather your family, friends, co-workers, or neighbors, and we’ll bring the discussion to you with our experienced facilitators. Use the form below and we’ll get back to you to make the arrangements!
2023 Book Schedule
“They Were Her Property”- Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
“Bridging women’s history, the history of the South, and African American history, this book makes a bold argument about the role of white women in American slavery. Historian Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers draws on a variety of sources to show that slaveowning women were sophisticated economic actors who directly engaged in and benefited from the South’s slave market. Because women typically inherited more slaves than land, enslaved people were often their primary source of wealth. Not only did white women often refuse to cede ownership of their slaves to their husbands, they employed management techniques that were as effective and brutal as those used by slaveowning men. White women actively participated in the slave market, profited from it, and used it for economic and social empowerment. By examining the economically entangled lives of enslaved people and slaveowning women, Jones-Rogers presents a narrative that forces us to rethink the economics and social conventions of slaveholding America.”
FREE PUBLIC DISCUSSION OF THEY WERE HER PROPERTY AVAILABLE THANKS TO OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CINCINNATI & HAMILTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY.
- 4/05| 5:00-6:30pm| Zoom
- 4/25| 6:30-7:45pm| Pleasant Ridge Library
(6233 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45213)
- 5/02| 5:30-7:00pm| Rhinegeist Brewery
(1910 Elm St, Cincinnati, OH 45202)
- 5/16|5:30-7:00pm|In Person
- 5/25| 6:30-8:00pm| Zoom
- 6/01| 6:30-8:00pm| Zoom
- More dates coming soon!
Real Reads Book Discussion RequestIf you are interested in hosting a YWCA Real Reads Book Discussion (offered Monday-Friday only), please complete the following form. Our staff will follow up promptly! Thank you for your interest.
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