Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Accommodation: A Community Conversation

On the first and third Thursdays of each month (at Highland Park United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church, respectively) CitySquare's Public Policy Department hosts it's Urban Engagement Book Club. 

By far, the book I most looked forward to us reviewing was 'The Accommodation' by Dallas Observer columnist, Jim Schutze. It's a primer on the history of race relations in Dallas and one which has evoked strong emotion, pro and con by nearly everyone who has read it (and many who haven't!). 

After a number of our book clubs we have what we refer to as 'community conversations' during which we have guests who engage in a dialogue with us designed to help us understand the issue on which the book is focused. Our guests for the conversation after the review was Jim and Rev. Peter Johnson, longtime Dallas civil rights activist and former regional director for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). I have a great deal of respect for both of these men and they made this a very special event. 

We recorded this book club and we look forward to doing more of this in the coming year. 

Hope you enjoy this! I certainly did!

By the way: kudos to Randy Mayeux who did a masterful job of reviewing this book in the author's presence - no small feat! Thanks Randy for the excellent job you do for us every month!

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