Join the Racial Justice Study Group

The social justice book group that started meeting this summer, reading works by Ibram X. Kendi and others, has evolved into a Madeline Island-wide Racial Justice Study Group. The group will meet at 5 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month (Zoom link:

The focus for November and December will be racial justice vis-à-vis Native Americans. Subsequent months will include films and readings by James Baldwin, Ava DuVernay, Michelle Alexander and Isabel Wilkerson. The full reading list (including supplementary recommendations) is listed below.

Nov. 4

Dec. 2

Jan. 6

  • James Baldwin, “I Am Not Your Negro,” available for streaming on Amazon Prime and Netflix
  • James Baldwin book, “The Fire Next Time”

Feb. 3

  • Ava DuVernay, “Thirteenth,” available for streaming from Netflix
  • Michelle Alexander book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

March 3

  • Isabel Wilkerson book, “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents”

Sources for books

Retail book vendors such as Apostle Island Booksellers or Honest Dog Books in Bayfield or for online orders (orders through this site benefit independent booksellers). Local public library for both hard copy and ebook versions. to source used copies.

Other items to be discussed:

Ta-Nahisi Coates

Books by David Truer

  • “Little: A Novel”
  • “Native American Fiction: A User’s Manual”
  • “Prudence”
  • “Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life”
  • “The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present”
  • “The Hiawatha: A Novel”
  • “The Translation of Dr Apelles: A Love Story”

History books by Dee Brown

  • “Andrew Jackson and the Battle of New Orleans”
  • “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”
  • “Fighting Indians of the West”
  • “Great Documents in American Indian History”
  • “Grierson’s Raid”
  • “Hear That Lonesome Whistle Blow”
  • “Morgan’s Raiders”
  • “Settlers’ West”
  • “Showdown at Little Big Horn”
  • “The American West”
  • “The Fetterman Massacre”
  • “The Galvanized Yankees”
  • “The Gentle Tamers: Women of the Old Wild West”
  • “The Westerners”
  • “The Year of the Century: 1876”
  • “Trail Driving Days”
  • “Wondrous Times on the Frontier”

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