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FoodSpark X: Book Discussion


Throughout the Black Summer series, FoodSpark invites folks to extend conversations about black liberation and struggle by hosting their own FoodSpark X book discussions with friends, family, and colleagues. Subjects can further explore topics touched on during the June 22 FoodSpark Potluck: Black Liberation, or they can expand to include additional subjects. The FoodSpark team will be reading  The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Other recommended books include:

  • From #BlackLivesMatter To Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

  • We Gon' Be Alright by Jeff Chang

  • What Is Juneteenth? by The Root (article)

  • Citizen by Claudia Rankin

  • “Dear White America” by Danez Smith

  • Never Been a Time: The 1917 Race Riot That Sparked the Civil Rights Movement by Harper Barnes

  • That's the Way It Was: Stories of Struggle, Survival and Self-Respect in Twentieth-Century Black St. Louis by Vida "Sister" Goldman Prince

  • Grassroots at the Gateway: Class Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, 1936-75 by Clarence Lang

  • Race Riot at East St. Louis, July 2, 1917 by Elliott Rudwick


This event is co-organized by FoodSpark, Great Rivers Greenway, The Griot Museum of Black History, Missouri Historical Society, and Young Friends of the Ville.


Earlier Event: June 22
FoodSpark Potluck: Black Liberation
Later Event: August 17
The Spark Crowdfunding Dinner Party