The Millburn-Short Hills Townwide Read comes as an offshoot of the protests against and discussions about systemic racism in modern America. Here in Millburn-Short Hills, we're a community of friends, neighbors, businesses and colleagues - so we decided to do a collective read that we hope will bring more understanding, compassion and dialogue to our community.
Our goal is to have as many residents as we can engaging in a collaborative reading and discussion project. There's no fee to participate.
We would like to continue the conversation started last summer, and have chosen our two next books:
Uncomfortable Conversation With A Black Man is our February discussion
The Conversation: How Seeking And Speaking The Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals And Organizations is our March choice.
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
An urgent primer on race and racism, from the host of the viral hit video series
“Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”
“You cannot fix a problem you do not know you have.” So begins Emmanuel Acho in his essential guide to the truths Americans need to know to address the systemic racism that has recently electrified protests in all fifty states. “There is a fix,” Acho says. “But in order to access it, we’re going to have to have some uncomfortable conversations.”
In Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, Acho takes on all the questions, large and small, insensitive and taboo, many white Americans are afraid to ask―yet which all Americans need the answers to, now more than ever. With the same open-hearted generosity that has made his video series a phenomenon, Acho explains the vital core of such fraught concepts as white privilege, cultural appropriation, and “reverse racism.” In his own words, he provides a space of compassion and understanding in a discussion that can lack both. He asks only for the reader’s curiosity―but along the way, he will galvanize all of us to join the antiracist fight.
“Livingston has made the important and challenging task of addressing systemic racism within an organization approachable and achievable.”—Alex Timm, co-founder and CEO, Root Insurance Company
An essential tool for individuals, organizations, and communities of all sizes to jump-start dialogue on racism and bias and to transform well-intentioned statements on diversity into concrete actions—from a leading Harvard social psychologist.