Welcome to Deeply Rooted: A Book Club. Johanna and I are so thrilled to be exploring black literature as we grow, deepening our understanding of self, life and redefining what it means to be black. Thank you for joining us on this journey!
Below is the list of books we are reading or will be reading. Be sure to purchase or download the reading materials so you can read along with us.
Look out for in-person and live broadcasts of discussions and updates.
Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living with Fearlessness and Grace by Kyodo Angel Williams
"In this elegant, practical book, Angel Kyodo Williams combines the universal wisdom of Buddhism with an inspirational call for self-acceptance and community empowerment. Written by a woman who grew up facing the challenges that confront African Americans every day, Being Black teaches us how a "warrior-spirit" of truth and responsibility can be developed into the foundation for real happiness and personal transformation. With her eloquent, hip, and honest perspective, Williams - a Zen priest, social activist, and entrepreneur- shares personal stories, time-tested teachings, and simple guidelines that invite readers of all faiths to step into the freedom of a life lived with fearlessness and grace."
Learn about the author: Angel Kyodo Williams
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
"Ghana, eighteenth century: two half sisters are born into different villages, each unaware of the other. One will marry an Englishman and lead a life of comfort in the palatial rooms of the Cape Coast Castle. The other will be captured in a raid on her village, imprisoned in the very same castle, and sold into slavery.
Homegoing follows the parallel paths of these sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed—and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation."
Get the book: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Learn more about the author: Yaa Gyasi