Crucial Conversations:
Race in America
Book Club


This six-month book club will explore issues around the history of race relations and our collective memory of the South in partnership with the Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site.


Each session, on the second Thursday of the month, will include a brief presentation by a local scholar followed by a discussion of the book.


All program discussions will be virtual on Zoom and live streamed through the CALS YouTube channel. Viewers on the CALS YouTube channel will be able to view the program but will not be able to participate in the book discussion.


Ten copies of each book are available to borrow through the CALS Roberts Library (local pickup at any CALS branch). These can be reserved through the Zoom registration form for each monthly discussion (NOT through other CALS branches or Additional copies of the titles are available for checkout through the library catalog at


Contact Danielle Afsordeh at CALS Roberts Library – or 501.320.5726

February 9, 2023

Book – South to America by Imani Perry

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March 9, 2023

Book – The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

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April 13, 2023

Book – Markham Street: The Haunting Truth Behind the Murder of My Brother, Marvin Leonard Williams by Ronnie Williams

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May 11, 2023

Book – American Atrocity: The Types of Violence in Lynching by Guy Lancaster

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July 13, 2023

Book – Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

No book club in June

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