“How to Be an Anti-Racist” Book Group

Start a Book Discussion Group with your Colleagues

This summer the PAT Executive Board and Committees Chairs committed to reading and discussing Ibram X Kendi’s book,  How to be an Anti-racist. Educators from Bridlemile, DART, and Gray MS organized discussion groups for members there as well. 

We invite you to organize an Anti-Racist book study with your colleagues as well. Here are some easy steps to get you started: 

  • Invite your colleagues to join you
  • Acquire the Book: You can download the audio or e-book version of How to be an Anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi from the Multnomah County Library with no wait, for free!
  • Set the pace: We recommend meeting for 30 minutes, once a week, for 4 weeks, discussing about 4 chapters each week.Set the calendar: Pick a time and create a video-chat link. Pick someone to send out reminders each week.
  • Facilitate the discussion: You can pick someone to facilitate the whole process, or switch facilitators each week. It can be helpful to have discussion questions/homework ahead of time, like
  • What concept or story from this week’s reading is especially applicable to your classroom?
  • What is a sentence or paragraph from this week that really spoke to you and why?
  • What did you learn that you were not aware of before?
  • Or use the official book Book Club Kit questions 

Please let us know if you are interested in organizing an anti-racist book group at your site. If you need support around this, or want to talk it through, e-mail diana.collins@oregoned.org.