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Book club highlights stories about truth and reconciliation

Truth and Reconciliation Book Club

OSU-Tulsa & Whitty Books Book Club: Truth and Reconciliation

The American Studies department at OSU-Tulsa is partnering with Whitty Books to draw public attention to – and integrate public participation in – conversations about truth, reconciliation, race and the Tulsa Race Massacre.

The department decided to begin this public extension of the initiative with Whitty Books to raise awareness and start a dialogue surrounding the topic of truth and reconciliation among OSU students, faculty and members. However, everyone is invited and you can attend even if you haven’t read the books.

About the books

Each book has been carefully selected and focuses on race, history, reconciliation, prisons, and pre-Civil war issues among African Americans.

Ta-Nehisi Coates writes a letter to his teenage son about being black in America; Trevor Noah jokes about the seriousness of being born a crime. Octavia E. Butler combines time travel and slavery; and Michelle Alexander’s non-fiction book focuses on the inequitable levels of incarceration of African American men in the U.S.

Each piece is unique and meant to be provocative, accessible and conversation-starting. Future books will be selected based on participant discussions at the first four meetings.

Upcoming Meeting Dates

Between the World and Me, book cover 

 Sunday, Aug. 25
 3 p.m.
 Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me (paperback)


Kindred, book cover


 Sunday, Sept. 29
 4 p.m.
 Octavia e. Butler, Kindred (paperback)



The New Jim Crow, book cover 

 Sunday, Oct. 27
 3 p.m.
 Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness (paperback)



Born a Crime, book cover 

 Sunday, Nov. 24
 3 p.m.
 Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African



Starting a dialogue

This initiative comes from OSU American studies instructor Tom Jorsch, who has been participating in the John Hope Franklin Center’s annual symposium on Truth and Reconciliation.

Inspired by the events of the Tulsa Race Massacre, Jorsch aims to foster forms of productive truth-telling and reconciliation within Greenwood and the greater Tulsa community.

Joining the book club

The Truth and Reconciliation Book Club is open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend. Book club participants can purchase the books at Whitty Books and receive 10% off.

Additional details about the Nov. 27 meeting discussing Born a Crime: Stories from a South African can be found on the Events Calendar. The book club will meet at the above dates and times at Whitty Books.

For more information, contact Whitty Books.

Whitty Books
2407 E. Admiral Blvd.
Tulsa, OK 74110
Phone: 918-921-4030