Based on the true story of the hellish Dozier reform school that operated from 1900-2011, The Nickel Boys chronicles the experience of two Black boys sentenced there (one mistakenly) in the 1960s. The tension between one boy’s ideals, adopted from Martin Luther King, and the other’s skepticism leads to a decision that will echo down the decades. A story of the past that is still making news and has parallels to events today. Written by “America’s Storyteller,” as named by Time Magazine. One of Time Magazine’s 10 Best Fiction Books of the Decade, winner of the Kirkus Prize, and longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award. Discussions held Sunday, February 23, at 12:30 p.m., and Wednesday, February 26, at 7:15 p.m.
In 2016, the Beloved Community Staff Team was formed at Unity Church to strengthen and coordinate Unity’s anti-racism and multi-cultural work, and to share the stories of this journey with the wider community. We commit to sharing the struggles, the questions, and the collaborations here at Unity and in the wider world of our faith and city. The current members of the team include Rev. Janne Eller-Isaacs, Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs, Rev. KP Hong, Drew Danielson, Ahmed Anzaldúa, Laura Park, Karen Hering, Angela Wilcox, Pauline Eichten, and Erika Sanders.
Unity Justice Database
As a “next right action,” the Racial and Restorative Justice Team asked the Library and Bookstall Team to team up to search for, vet, and organize resources related to anti-racism, defunding/reforming police, legislation around policing, etc. The Unity Justice Database is your one-stop location for information about and links to books, articles, news, podcasts, films, events, organizations, and more. If you know of a good resource that is not already in the database, please do request that we add it.
Graphic: How to be a racial transformer
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