We’ve wrapped up the conversation on Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. Attendance at sessions ranged from 37 to 60 people. The conversations were thoughtful and enlightening. Thank you to all who attended. As always, we’ll keep the notes archived here. Thanks to Decca Knight from our partner SERV and Points of Diversity for speaking in the final session. Keep an eye out for the next book in the coming weeks.

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Through the Roanoke Change Academy, we’re exploring Castethe best-selling book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson. In a section-by-section discussion, we’ll look at the structures at work in our lives be be better able to act to improve life for all of us.

Registration is free. Add the Facebook event to your calendar.

Roanoke Public Libraries have ordered additional books for checkout and books are available for a 10% discount at Book No Further. Ordering online? Use the code CA2021.

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“From the abolitionists who risked personal ruin to end slavery to the white civil rights workers who gave their lives to help end Jim Crow and the political leaders who outlawed it, these all-too-rare people are a testament to the human spirit, that humans can break free of the hierarchy’s hold on them.” 

Isabel Wilkerson

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Roanoke Valley Branch
Beth Israel Synagogue
Black Girls Matter
Book No Further (Get 10% off the book in-store or using the link)
Central Church of the Brethren Race Education Team
City of Roanoke
Councilmember Bill Bestpitch
Councilmember Joe Cobb
Diversity Serves
Hollins University’s Eleanor D. Wilson Museum
Roanoke Arts Commission
Roanoke Higher Education Center Library
Roanoke Valley Points of Diversity
SERV – Standing for Equity in the Roanoke Valley
Total Action for Progress

Sign up to be a Change Academy partner. What’s it mean to be a partner? Simply that you’re signing on as a group to continue the conversation, the exploration, and or advocacy — however it makes sense for your group. This might be as simple as discussing the book as part of a church book group, or keeping each other informed as you take your next step in understanding antiracist strategies. It just means you’re interested in learning more and doing more together to make our community a better place for all.