Race Matters Book Club


ACTS Race Matters Book Club explores the impact of racism on the body as well as the soul at its October 25th discussion of “My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.”  The 7 PM gathering will be through zoom link. Please join this special session.


From Amazon web site: "My Grandmother's Hands will change the direction of the movement for racial justice."— Robin DiAngelo, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility.


In this groundbreaking book, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of trauma and body-centered psychology.

The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. Menakem argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans—our police. My Grandmother's Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not only about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.


  • Paves the way for a new, body-centered understanding of white supremacy—how it is literally in our blood and our nervous system.


  • Offers a step-by-step healing process based on the latest neuroscience and somatic healing methods, in addition to incisive social commentary.


Resmaa Menakem, MSW, LICSW, is a therapist with decades of experience currently in private practice in Minneapolis, MN, specializing in trauma, body-centered psychotherapy, and violence prevention. He has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and Dr. Phil as an expert on conflict and violence.


As our community’s social justice interfaith network, ACTS is hopeful that dialog will bring greater awareness and action.  There are more than 30 regular members of the book club from 13+ different congregations with an average of a dozen or more persons participating each month.  Come once or come often to share your thoughts with others on the journey. 


To make your registration for the October 25 session, email petersarverACTS@gmail.com  Zoom link will be sent to regular members and those registered closer to the discussion date. If you are reading ahead, start on “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for our November 22 gathering.