Summer Book Study on MLK Jr and Racism in Chicago and Memphis
We’re inviting the whole church to join us in a different “Summer Book Read” this year. Our main text will be Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s singular “A Letter from Birmingham Jail,” written in April 16, 1963. We will also listen to and read King’s “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, delivered the night before he was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968. We will also read selected chapters from a recent book by Jemar Tisby, “The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism.” We have chosen this study because our Tower youth are heading to Memphis, Tennessee, at the end of July for Work Trip. Part of that experience will involve some learning of the history of Memphis, and how racism and segregation continue to impact the livelihood of so many of our AfricanAmerican sisters and brothers today.
Meet on Sundays (June 16 – July 28) from 9:00am – 9:50am in the Lounge at fpcw June 16 – Tisby, chapter 7, “Remembering the Complicity in the North,” p. 111-129; Wikipedia entry, “History of African-Americans in Chicago” June 23 – Tisby, chapter 8, “Compromising with Racism during the Civil Rights Movement,” p. 130-151 June 30 – Statement by Alabama Clergymen, “A Call to Unity”; and MLK Jr., “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Part 1 July 7 – “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Part 2 July 14 – MLK Jr., “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop;” also Wikipedia entry, “Memphis Sanitation Strike” July 21 – Tisby, chapter 10, “Reconsidering Racial Reconciliation in the Age of Black Lives Matter,” p. 172-191 July 28 – Tisby, chapter 11,“The Fierce Urgency of Now,” p.192-212