Questions to Ask Yourself When Creating a Discussion Group
From the American Library Association; additional tips for book discussion groups can be found at on their website.
Is the discussion and reading considered part of the work responsibilities?
Does the discussion and reading fit into your student organization's goals?
If outside of work or school, is it still a professional group?
Is the group social or serious, or a mix of both?
Below, we provide a list of primarily nonfiction readings; however, discussion groups could focus on other genres as well.
8-16 is recommended, but you can adapt for your group.
Have a group larger than 16? Break down into smaller discussion groups. If facilitating the group over CarmenZoom, you can use CarmenZoom break out rooms.
Remember, depending on the kind of group, every group member might not attend every meeting.
For workplace reading groups, we recommend once or twice a month.
For other groups, consider the schedules and responsibilities of group members.
What time works best for everyone's schedule?
Is the group voluntary or expected of everyone?
- Consider electing one person to send reminders and calendar invites so that everyone stays in the loop.
- The Souls of Black Folks by W.E.B. Du Bois Reading Guide, Access through Ohio State University Libraries
- How to Be Antiracist By Ibram X. Kendi Reading Guide, Access through Ohio State University Libraries
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson Reading Guide, Access through Ohio State University Libraries
- White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo Reading Guide, Access through Ohio State University Libraries
- Civil Rights Movement I History
- The 1619 Project (all the articles) | The New York Times Magazine
- Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups developed by Craig Elliott PhD
- ”White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” by Knapsack Peggy McIntosh
- “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America?” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi | Atlantic (May 12, 2020)
- Becoming an Ally: Breaking the Cycle of Oppression in People by Anne Bishop
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice That Shapes What We See, Think, and Do by Jennifer Eberhardt
- Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality by Jennifer Nash
- Black Skin, White Masks by Franz Fanon
- Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald
- Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
- Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America's Largest Criminal Court by Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve
- Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Davis; edited by Frank Barat
- From BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yahmatta Taylor
- From Slave Cabins to the White House: Homemade Citizenship in African American Culture by Koritha Mitchell (OSU Professor!)
- How To Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- How to Be Less Stupid about Race: On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide by Crystal Marie Fleming
I Am Not Your Negro: A Docologue edited by Jaimie Baron and Kristen Fuhs
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Killing Rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks (plus more by this author)
- Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts
- Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla F. Saad
Microaggressions in Everyday Life by Derald Wing Sue
Microaggressions and Modern Racism: Endurance and Evolution by Charisse Levchak
- My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
Policing the Black man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment edited by Angela Davis
On Racism, White Supremacy, and the Racial Divide by Crystal Fleming
Racism in America: A Reader Foreword by Annette Gordon-Reed
- Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
- So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
- The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America by Khalil Gibran Muhammad
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (plus more by this author)
- The History of White People by Neil Irvin Painter
- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
- The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century by Grace Lee Boggs
- The Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches by W.E.B. Du Bois
- Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
- We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom by Bettina Love
- Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M. Steele
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo
- White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson
- Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Daniel Tatum
- Why I'm No Longer Talking with White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- Women, Race, & Class by Angela Davis