The UUA Offers Common Read: ‘The Third Reconstruction’

“The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Hate” by The Rev. Dr. William Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove (Beacon, 2016), has been chosen as the 2016-17 Unitarian Universalist Common Read,” writes the UUA. “… The Third Reconstruction offers helpful, practical guidance for engaging with justice movements born in response to local experiences of larger injustices. … the book challenges us to ground our justice work in moral dissent, … and to do the hard work of coalition building in a society that is fractured and polarized.” Find a reading buddy and begin informal conversations as you read the book together.”

Another good read is by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: “Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White.” He uses his unique blend of knowledge, street smarts and experience in essays on the country’s seemingly irreconcilable partisan divide – both racial and political. He touches on his own experiences as an athlete, African-American, and a Muslim. The book is not just a collection of expositions; he also offers keen assessments of and solutions to problems such as racism in sports while speaking candidly about his experiences on the court and off. I’d recommend this as appropriate for teens to elders.

Happy reading!

–Mary Dufort

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