On October 14, 2023 at 11:00 AM via Zoom, The Riverside Church Book Club partners with Riverside’s Anti-Racism Task Force to review Resmaa Menakem’s New York Times best-seller, My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.
The Anti-Racism taskforce is partnering with the Education Ministry for this Book Club event to encourage continued dialogue in our community to foster understanding, healing, and action, as we strive to dismantle systemic racism and address the impact of racialized trauma in ourselves, our congregation and our society at large. Through the study of “My Grandmother’s Hands,” we aim to deepen our understanding of racialized trauma and its pervasive impact on individuals, communities, and institutions. This increased awareness will enable us to develop a more empathetic and informed approach towards dismantling racism. By delving into the book’s teachings on somatic experiencing and body-centered practices, we will explore pathways to healing racialized trauma.
Moderator: Rev. Mira Sawlani-Joyner, Minister of Justice, Advocacy & Change
Panelists: Dr. Pamela Davis, Chair of Mission & Social Justice Commision, Carol Fouke-Mpoyo and Reuben Martinez, Anti-Racism Task Force Co-Conveners