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.

Growing from the civil discourse book group, we’ve read Stamped from the Beginning, How to Be an Antiracist, Caste, The Cooking Gene, CITY PLAN 2040, and a special discussion on Virginia’s independent city structure. Click on the title to find notes from the sessions. Each book series lasts four to six weeks and is open to anyone. Prior to those titles we read The Color of Law, White Fragility, Habits of the Heart, The Righteous Mind, and more.

  • Most books you can get through Roanoke Public Libraries, or get a 10% discount by purchasing the book through our partner, Book No Further.
  • 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.