My Grandmother's Hands
"My Grandmother's Hands will change the direction of the movement for racial justice."
— Robin DiAngelo, New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility.
For our Winter Book Club we will be diving into My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Mending of Our Bodies and Hearts by Resmaa Menakem
We will meet every other week on Thursday evenings from 7-8:30pm beginning on December 10th and will meet for 6 weeks.
We will read select chapters on our own time and come together to discuss chapters based on the following schedule:
WEEK 1: Dec. 10th
- Discussion: Intro & Chapters 1-4
WEEK 2: Dec. 22nd
- Discussion: Chapters 5-9
WEEK 3: Jan. 7th
- Discussion: Chapters 10-13
WEEK 4: Jan. 21st
- Discussion: Chapters 14-17
WEEK 5: Feb. 4th
- Discussion: Chapters 18-21
WEEK 6: Feb. 18th
- Discussion: Chapters 22-24
The body is where our instincts reside and where we fight, flee, or freeze, and it endures the trauma inflicted by the ills that plague society. In this groundbreaking work, therapist Resmaa Menakem examines the damage caused by racism in America from the perspective of body-centered psychology. He argues this destruction will continue until Americans learn to heal the generational anguish of white supremacy, which is deeply embedded in all our bodies. Our collective agony doesn't just affect African Americans. White Americans suffer their own secondary trauma as well. So do blue Americans—our police.
My Grandmother's Hands is a call to action for all of us to recognize that racism is not about the head, but about the body, and introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide.