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Riverside BookClub

January 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Book Club- January

On Saturday, January 14, 2023, at 11:00a.m., via ZOOM

The Riverside Church Book Club will review:


Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African Americans, 1619-2019 

On Saturday, January 14, 2023, between 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., via ZOOM, The Riverside Church Book Club will gather to discuss Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African Americans, 1619-2019 by Ibram Kendi and Keisha Blain. The moderator of the discussion will be Rev. Jonathan Favors Grimes, pastor of  Olive Tree Community Church in Atlanta, Georgia. The discussion will focus on four periods covered in the book: Black Women’s Labor (pp.1639-1644), The Spirituals (pp1724-1729), The Black Family (pp1649-1654), and Queer Sexuality (pp 1814-1819). According to Kendi:

“If we write a book about the history of a community, it is best to have the community write that history. I think that is what really sort of springs from this text we were able to bring together. We were able to bring together 80 Black writers, each of whom wrote pieces covering five years of African American history, very short pieces. We also brought together ten poets who each wrote poems on 40 years of African American history. We brought together so many researchers from so many backgrounds within the Black Community to really show the history of this incredibly diverse and complex history. We are excited that we have been able to put it together. [Ibram Kendi, 12/13/22, Democracy Now]

The book is available through Amazon.com in Kindle, paperback and hard cover, and through Riverside’s Gift Shop.



Dr. Ibram Kendi


National Book Award-Winning and New York Times best selling author, Dr. Ibram Kendi has authored six books for adults and five books for children. He is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research. He is also a contributing writer to The Atlantic and a CBS News Racial Justice Contributor. He is the host of a new action podcast, Be Antiracist. In 2020, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He has been awarded the 2021 MacArthur Fellowship, known as “the Genius Grant”.


Dr. Keisha Blain

Dr. Blain joined the faculty of Brown University in the Summer of 2022 where she is the N. Blain Professor of Africana Studies and History. She served as President of the African American Intellectual History Society from 2017 to 2021. Her Ph.D. is from Princeton University. She is a scholar of African American history, African Diaspora Studies, Women’s and Gender History. Among her award-winning publications have been: Set the World on Fire: Black Nationalist Women and the Global Struggle for Freedom, New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition, To Turn the Whole World Over: Black Women and internationalism, and East Unites with West: Black Women, Japan and Visions of Afro-Asian Solidarity along with Four Hundred Souls with Ibram X. Kendi.



Rev. Jonathan Favors-Grimes

Rev. Jonathan Favors-Grimes is a native of Atlanta, Georgia where he resides with his family. He has studied at Full Sail University, Bethel University and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has served as Pastor, Chaplain, Church planter and certified educator. He founded the Olive Tree Community in Atlanta, Georgia,  a micro-intentional church community. The Church meets bi-weekly for prayer, study and worship. A major focus is “doing community” on a micro-level. While membership is not required, “branchers” come from all over. Church members, non-churchgoers, those who question faith, and those who have dropped out of other churches all worship together. The church is multicultural, multi-ethnic and multi-generational. It has several ministries, including: “That’L Preach Podcast” and  “Holy Leaves and Life’s Recipes”.



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January 14
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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