This fall, the Social Events and Activities Committee is coordinating the opportunity for SUUS members to participate in the UU Common Read. The title selected for 2020-21 is “Breathe; a Letter to my Sons” by Imani Perry. This book has been read and discussed by dozens of congregations in the past year. We encourage you to read the book and join the discussion on Sunday, November 14 at 4:00 p.m. This will be hosted via Zoom. Copies of the book can be obtained at the UUA Book Store, local book sellers, and through local libraries.
Please register by November 8th by contacting Kathy Helmrich who will provide you with the Zoom link to connect.
Here is an excerpt from the book’s write-up on the UUA website:
Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Perry’s book challenges society to recognize Black children as deserving of humanity. She shares her fear and frustration for her African American sons in an increasingly racist atmosphere in which white people at times seem irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love—finding beauty and possibility in life. She exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find grounding and inspiration in Black tradition. The New York Times calls Breathe “an elixir of history, ancestry and compassion, which, together, become instruction…a parent’s unflinching demand, born of inherited trauma and love, for her children’s right simply to be possible.”