Community book discussion on “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult

Published 10:00 pm Wednesday, January 4, 2017

The Friendship Council is hosting a community discussion of this recent novel in which the damage caused by racism is highlighted. The public is invited to come to the Holy Cross Episcopal Church, Tryon on Friday evening, Jan. 6 from 7-9 p.m.

Various people will read short selections from the novel and then lead an open discussion about the issues that are raised. You do not have to read the book in order to participate.

This gathering was suggested by a small group of local residents who participated in a workshop called “Dismantling Racism” back in October. The group, which included people of color and whites, wished to continue their good conversation and invite others to join them. One conclusion was that racism cannot be addressed unless we get to know one another on a more personal level.

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This is a chance to get to know others in your small community and have positive dialog about how to fight racism. The Friendship Council has existed for many years for this very reason. The group is multi-racial and seeks to provide bridges so that we all share in our desire for a positive community.

If there is sufficient interest in continuing to meet as a group, there are options, such as movies, documentaries, history presentations, etc. to generate discussion.

There is no charge to attend. People are encouraged to bring a snack to share. Coffee and water will be provided.

– article submitted by Wanda May