Common Read Discussion
March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
This year’s UUA Common Read is “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” and “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People.”
In 2015, Beacon Press published an extraordinary book by Indigenous scholar and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz that challenged readers to learn US history through a narrative that centers the story, the experiences, and the perspectives of Indigenous peoples. In 2019, Beacon Press published an adaptation for young people by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese. Upending myths and misinformation that have been promulgated by leaders and media, it asks readers to reconsider the origin story of the United States taught to every US school child.
The year 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the much-mythologized encounter at Plymouth between colonists and those native to the land. The UUA General Assembly 2020, in Providence, RI, will speak to the truths that contradict the mythology. At the same time, movements in response to global and local environmental emergencies, many involving UUs, are increasingly recognizing the connection between Indigenous rights and climate justice.
We will have two opportunities to discuss the 2019-20 UUA Common Read: Tuesday, March 24 at 10am and Wednesday, March 25 at 7pm. If you are not familiar this history, it is recommended that you read the Young People’s adaption. Reading either will allow you take part in the conversation.
Both books are available for purchase from the Director of Lifespan Religious Education, firstname.lastname@example.org, for $16.00.
Registration for the Common Read Discussions is not required but appreciated: http://bit.ly/UUSCommonRead