Each quarter will highlight a relevant title that challenges our perspectives and creates a space for discussion around racism. By setting aside time and intention, these works will help diversify our understanding in order to foster a more compassionate community.
The participants from quarter 2 were able to vote for the 3rd quarter book selection, and they chose I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown.
In a time when nearly every institution (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claims to value diversity in its mission statement, Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice. Her stories bear witness to the complexity of America’s social fabric—from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.
For readers who have engaged with America’s legacy on race through the writing of Ta-Nehisi Coates and Michael Eric Dyson, I’m Still Here is an illuminating look at how white, middle-class, Evangelicalism has participated in an era of rising racial hostility, inviting the reader to confront apathy, recognize God’s ongoing work in the world, and discover how blackness—if we let it—can save us all.
Copies coming soon to the following Mayo Clinic Libraries:
Eau Claire Medical Library
Florida Medical Library
La Crosse Health Science Library
Learning Resource Center - Rochester
Plummer Library - available on the New Book Shelf
Public Library Access:
Contact your public library for assistance with accessing electronic copies.
13TH: A documentary film by director Ava DuVernay
In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. This Oscar-nominated film won Best Documentary at the Emmys, BAFTAs and NAACP Image Awards.
Note: This documentary contains graphic content and offensive language that may be upsetting to some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.
The intent of the EverybodyIN Film and Book Club is to encourage thoughtful, meaningful discussion. Selection of this film is not an endorsement by Mayo Clinic.
Quarter One Selection:
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji & Anthony G. Greenwald
In Blindspot, hidden biases are revealed through hands-on experience with the method that has revolutionized the way scientists are learning about the human mind and that gives us a glimpse into what lies within the metaphoric blindspot – the Implicit Association Test. Learn more.
Discussion date: February 25, 2021 at 12 p.m. CST