Race Matters Book Club

The thoughts of James Baldwin will be the subject of the ACTS Race Matters Book Club’s discussion to be held on Monday April 26th, 2021 at 7 PM on Zoom.  Don't forget to register in order to receive the Zoom link.

“The Fire Next Time” - A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the nation and gave passionate voice to the emerging civil rights movement. At once a powerful evocation of James Baldwin's early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two "letters," written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. Described by The New York Times Book Review as "sermon, ultimatum, confession, deposition, testament, and chronicle...all presented in searing, brilliant prose," The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature.


Participants are also asked to watch “I Am Not Your Negro”, a 90 minute video available through Netflix or OCPL, numerous copies available at branch libraries.

Using James Baldwin's unfinished final manuscript, Remember This House, this documentary follows the lives and successive assassinations of three of the author's friends, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., delving into the legacy of these iconic figures and narrating historic events using Baldwin's original words and a flood of rich archival material. An up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, this film is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.


As our community’s social justice interfaith network, ACTS is hopeful that dialog will bring greater awareness and action.  We had 11 folks from 6 different congregations participate in our March discussion of “Deacon King Kong”.  One participant said it was one of the best books he’d ever read.  Come once or come often to share your thoughts with others on the journey. 


To make your registration for the April 26 session, email petersarverACTS@gmail.com


1085 E. Genesee Street

Syracuse, New York 13210

Tel: 315-416-6363



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