Race Matters Book Club


THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD - A novel by Colson Whitehead will be discussed at the next meeting of the ACTS Race Matters Book Club to be held Monday July 26 @ 7 PM via Zoom.


Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, this #1 New York Times bestseller chronicles a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. Now an original Amazon Prime Video series directed by Barry Jenkins.


Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. An outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is on the cusp of womanhood—where greater pain awaits. And so when Caesar, a slave who has recently arrived from Virginia, urges her to join him on the Underground Railroad, she seizes the opportunity and escapes with him.


In Colson Whitehead's ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor: engineers and conductors operate a secret network of actual tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora embarks on a harrowing flight from one state to the next, encountering, like Gulliver, strange yet familiar iterations of her own world at each stop.


As Whitehead brilliantly re-creates the terrors of the antebellum era, he weaves in the saga of our nation, from the brutal abduction of Africans to the unfulfilled promises of the present day. The Underground Railroad is both the gripping tale of one woman's will to escape the horrors of bondage—and a powerful meditation on the history we all share. [Amazon Summary].


This novel has been out since 2016 so there are plenty of copies available.  Go to https://www.alibris.com/The-Underground-Railroad-Colson-Whitehead/book/34442683?matches=522 ...as well as 38 copies of the book and many audios through the OCPL. 


As our community’s social justice interfaith network, ACTS is hopeful that dialog will bring greater awareness and action.  There are 29 regular members of the book club from more than 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 July 26 session, email petersarverACTS@gmail.com

Zoom link will be sent to regular members and those registered closer to the discussion date.