Community Book Discussion About Racism Slated

overcomingourracismTo honor the work of advocates of social justice and nonviolent change, Central Oregon Community College and Building Common Ground/Social Justice Center are sponsoring a community book conversation about the book Overcoming Our Racism: Journey to Liberation by Derald Wing Sue.

The conversations will span a period of six weeks. To join in this communitywide discussion, choose a group and register with the organizer of that group discussion.


•    COCC Bend Campus: Wednesdays, January 21 to February 25, noon-1pm, Room 116 in the Campus Center. Contact Karen Roth at kroth1@cocc.edu to register.

•    Building Common Ground/Social Justice Center: Wednesdays, January 21 – February. 25, 6-7pm at the Central Oregon Social Justice Center, 155 NW Irving Avenue, Bend. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Contact Bruce Morris at cosjcenter@gmail.com to register.


Several community organizations are joining the COCC and OSU Cascades campuses in hosting a book discussion. To find other discussion groups, check the COCC Multicultural Activities website (http://www.cocc.edu/multicultural/)

Books are available for purchase at local bookstores and several are available at the public libraries. If there is difficulty locating a book to read, contact the organizer of the group. Although participants are encouraged to read two chapters for each group meeting, it is not necessary to read the chapters in order to participate in the group discussion.

As the community book discussions conclude their review of Overcoming Our Racism: Journey to Liberation, there will be a book discussion celebration from 4-6pm on Wednesday, March 4 in Wille Hall in the Campus Center on the COCC Bend Campus. During the community celebration, there will be a discussion about the next steps necessary to end racial injustice in local communities. The celebration is open to community members, whether they have participated in the book discussions or not.

These events are co-sponsored with Building Common Ground and the Social Justice Center.


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