Welcome to the 2021–2022 United Methodist Women Reading Program. The year 2020 was tumultuous and uncertain. A global pandemic highlighted the importance of connection, even (or especially) while social distancing. Reading books at home and sharing them with friends and family—through email, phone, or video calls—can be a way to relax and engage in the world without leaving home. In the “Overview” section, we’ll share ways to get the most out of the Reading Program, even if we are unable to participate in the same “real world” activities as in the past.
The year also marked a civil rights uprising. Black lives matter—and Americans are raising consciousness and moving the country towards great social, political and cultural change, opposing police brutality, systemic racism and anti-Blackness.
The Reading Program has always included books showcasing diverse characters and pro- voking critical thinking about many issues, including race and racism. We hope you’ll read at least one of these books that center stories around the Black experience and elevate our understanding of how to be anti-racist, including:
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