We’ll explore how racial inequities in America have their roots in public policy and cultural traditions throughout human civilization.

All activities are free and will be held virtually on Zoom. Participate in one or all three conversations.

The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
This two-part series explores how segregation in America is the byproduct of policies at all government levels and how these policies are affecting Cincinnati communities today.

  • Preparation: Read or listen to the book before the first meeting
  • Group Size: No limit on group size
  • Meetings: Attend both Tuesday, June 29, and July 27, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
  • Hillary Copsey and Keloni Parks from The Mercantile Library will lead the discussion.
  • Register by Monday, June 21, to secure your spot and receive a Zoom link. 

Register HEREForward this link to a friend or two to attend as our guest.

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The Black American Tree Project: An Interactive Experience
Participate in an interactive workshop on the legacies of slavery in modern American society—especially in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area—and its aftereffects in housing, healthcare, justice system, schooling, and other social institutions.
  • Preparation: Once registered, you will receive a character script to review in advance of the first meeting date. Acting skills are not required.
  • Group Size: Limited to 30 participants
  • Meetings: Attend both Monday, Aug. 16, 1 to 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Aug. 18, noon to 1:30 p.m.
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Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America. She shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
Read and discuss real-life stories about how America throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system.
  • Preparation: Read or listen to the book before the first meeting
  • Meetings: Attend both Tuesday, Sept. 14, and Oct. 12, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Discussion presented in partnership with The Mercantile Library.