Attend employee book club discussion, reading by Andrea Jenkins

The City Coordinator’s Office of Equity and Inclusion kicks off READ, a new employee book club focused on equity and inclusion, with “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota.” The collection of essays, edited by Sun Yung Shin, features 16 Minnesota writers sharing their experiences living as people of color in Minnesota. Join Andrea Jenkins, one of the essay authors and a former City Council policy aide, for a reading of her essay and a discussion of the book among City employees from 2 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 3, in Room 319 at City Hall.

The writers in “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota” show the reality behind racial disparity statistics in Minnesota communities, numbers that are among the worst in the nation. The book’s publisher, the Minnesota Historical Society Press, describes the book as an important tool for those who want to be part of closing those gaps.

About the book club

READ stands for Reading for Equity and Diversity. The book club will select books and hold book club discussions periodically. Watch Minneapolis Matters and CityTalk for the latest selections and book club meeting notices.

Departments interested in hosting their own READ sessions for either their employees or the City enterprise that want guidance on books or technical support should contact Joy Marsh Stephens at [email protected] or 612-673-2102.

Get the first book

“A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota” is available from the Minnesota Historical Society and many e-book vendors including Amazon,, Google, iTunes and Kobo.

Sign up to attend the event

Employees who have read “A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota” or want to learn more about it are encouraged to attend the reading and book club discussion. Register to attend in COMET:

  1. Visit COMET.
  2. Click “Learning and Development.”
  3. Search the keyword “read.”
  4. Click “Enroll.”

Published Apr 19, 2016



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