Welcome to the I Love Reading Group with Renny and Obie! This is the first meeting of the reading group. This first meeting is a check-in and discussion session for the book, "When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir." Participants will be halfway through the book by this meeting date. Participants will come to this meeting with some questions and contexts in mind based on their reading up to this point. This is a very interactive space. Participants are invited to be hold brave space for intergroup dialogue, self-reflection and discovery.
- Facilitators: Obie Ford III and Renny Christopher
- This is a Group 1 workshop
- Prerequisite: IDI pre-assessment and you must register for this workshop by Monday, Jan. 25
- This workshop recognizes Black History Month
- Open to WSU Vancouver faculty and staff
About the Book: “When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” (2018) by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele. “When They Call You A Terrorist” is a fact check of public record. The book tells the story of the creation of Black Lives Matter, the movement dedicated to fighting injustice that was subject of a petition aiming to label it a terrorist organization. The book also details the coming of age story of the woman who co-created the movement, Patrisse Khan-Cullors. But the book is more than a recounting of the past. This memoir acts as a beacon of hope for readers—that community activism makes a difference, that it is possible to stand up to injustice, and that no matter who you are, you still get to tell your own story.
About the I Love Reading Group with Obie and Renny! The I Love Reading Group with Obie and Renny is open to WSU Vancouver faculty and staff. The reading group is a welcoming and brave space that features books with themes on equity, antiracism, dismantling systemic power and privilege, diversity, inclusion, justice, belonging, joy and love. Along with its titles, the I Love Reading Group with Obie and Renny intentionally selects works by Black, Brown, Indigenous, Native American and Asian authors as well as authors from across Same Gender Loving (SGL) and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ+) spectrums. As a result of participating in the I Love Reading Group with Obie and Renny, participants build their equity library, establish meaningful connections with colleagues, and expand as change agents for equity across policies, processes, practices and pedagogies.