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Confronting Racism: A Community Conversation Aug. 31

Join a community-wide read and virtual panel discussion focused on deepening our understanding of racism and the ways it impacts individuals and society. The books and the online, moderated discussion on Aug. 31 will focus on deepening participants’ understanding of racism and the ways it impacts individuals and society. The community-wide read and the virtual discussion are open to all and are sponsored by the Georgetown Public Library and Lark & Owl Booksellers.

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Select from a slate of three best-selling books: “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi (for adults), “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas (for teens), and “New Kid” by Jerry Craft (for children grades 5-8). All three books are available in print, audiobook, e-book, and e-audio from the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., and in print and audiobook editions from Lark & Owl Booksellers, 205 W. Sixth St. Several Georgetown residents have made donations to allow the library to purchase additional copies of these books.

Individuals can sign up below for the Aug. 31 virtual panel discussion that will focus on each of the three books and on anti-racism in general, with a chance to ask questions or share comments.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
From National Book Award-winning author Ibram X. Kendi comes a new approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves. The New York Times calls it a book that “may, in fact, be our best chance to free ourselves from our national nightmare.” Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times Book Review, Time, NPR, and The Washington Post.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend Khalil. A topical, powerful YA novel by a brilliant new author. National Book Award Longlist title and winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Coretta Scott King Honor, Michael L. Printz Honor, and William C. Morris Award.

Children Grades 5-8
New Kid by Jerry Craft
Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. A timely, honest graphic novel about starting over at a new school where diversity is low and the struggle to fit in is real, from award-winning author-illustrator Jerry Craft. Winner of the Newbery Medal, Coretta Scott King Author Award, and Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature.

The panel discussion will be facilitated by Tiffanie Harrison, an equity leader and marketing educator in Round Rock ISD who was Round Rock High School Teacher of the Year in 2015 and 2019. Harrison has an MBA and a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University, and she is a Beyond Diversity Affiliate Practitioner and Facilitator as well as an active leader in community organizations like Undoing Racism Round Rock, Engage Round Rock, and the Round Rock Black Parents Association.

Schedule for panel discussion on Aug. 31:

7 p.m. Welcome
7:10 p.m. Discussion of “New Kid” by Jerry Craft
7:45 p.m. Discussion of “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
8:30 p.m. Discussion of “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi

The virtual panel discussion will be held on Crowdcast, which is a videoconferencing platform.

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