Save the date for upcoming READ book club events

The City Coordinator’s Office of Equity and Inclusion has scheduled several events for you to interact and engage with the next selection in the READ Book Club, “What Does Justice Look Like? The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland,” by Waziyatawin.

The book explores how we can embark on a path of respectful coexistence with the original peoples of Minnesota who have suffered from ethnic cleansing, mass executions, death marches, broken treaties and land theft since their homelands were invaded more than 200 years ago.

Introduction to book and speaker

Learn what the next READ book club selection is all about and listen to speaker Seth Eastman talk about the history of the Dakota people juxtaposed against the current efforts at Standing Rock from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, in Room 319 of City Hall. This session is being hosted in partnership with Neighborhood and Community Relations.

Movie screening of “Dakota 38”

Watch for information coming soon on a chance to view the documentary “Dakota 38” and participate in a discussion about the movie and book following the screening. The film focuses on a horseback ride taken to Mankato in 2009 to commemorate the hanging of 38 Dakota warriors there Dec. 26, 1862, following the U.S.-Dakota War. The hanging was the largest mass execution in U.S. history. The film explores the ongoing historical trauma caused by the war. This session is being hosted in partnership with Neighborhood and Community Relations. The event will be open to other city, county and regional partners who are working to advance racial equity as part of the City of Minneapolis' membership in the Government Alliance on Race & Equity.

You can watch the movie on your own on the Equity and Inclusion site.

Panel discussion

See a panel discuss the role of government in the history of Native American people from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in the Pohlad Hall auditorium at the Minneapolis Central Library. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Weber will facilitate the discussion. The event will be open to other city, county and regional partners who are working to advance racial equity as part of the City of Minneapolis' membership in the Government Alliance on Race & Equity.  Look for a registration link to sign up to attend the event coming soon.

About the book club

READ stands for Reading for Equity and Diversity. The book club selects books focused on equity and inclusion and holds 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 joy.stephens@minneapolismn.gov or 612-673-2102.

Published Oct 4, 2016

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