The Change Academy

Join Roanoke Public Libraries and BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke for an ongoing reading series that will help us be stronger advocates, actors, and allies in effecting meaningful change. We’re working on changing policies, minds, and hearts across the region, and we’re becoming more informed in order to better do it.

discussion will be held in partnership with
LEAP (Local Environmental Agriculture Project)

The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South
by Michael W. Twitty.

“This book is about finding and honoring
the soul of my people’s food
by looking deep within my past
and my family’s story.”
Michael W. Twitty

Growing from the civil discourse book group, we’ve read Stamped from the Beginning, How to Be an Antiracist, and Caste. Click on the title to find notes from the sessions. Each book series lasts four to six weeks and is open to anyone. We are currently meeting online.

  • GET THE BOOK: You may be able to get the book through Roanoke Public Libraries, or get a 10% discount by purchasing the book through our partner, Book No Further. Just click the link below and use the discount code CA2021.
  • SAVE THE DATES: Mondays at 6:30 PM from March 15 through April 12.
    We’ll gather virtually with guest presenters for group conversation on five consecutive Mondays, from March 22 through April 19. We’ll read about food, place, history, heritage, access, and progress and ready ourselves for another season of local food and connections with the season opening for the farmers’ markets on April 17.
  • KEEP ABREAST of upcoming titles and other BOOK CITY Roanoke news? Sign up here.
  • ENCOURAGE YOUR GROUP to become a Change Academy Partner. Learn more and sign up below.

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
Garden Variety Harvests
Hollins University’s Eleanor D. Wilson Museum
Nourishing Stories – Christina Nifong
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
Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke

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.