Racial Inequality is Topic of Next Mayor’s Book Club


Neighbors are invited to participate in an hour-long dialogue about racial inequality when the Mayor’s Book Club resumes 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18 as a virtual event. 

Mayor Lauren Poe will moderate the online discussion based on the New York Times best-selling book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism, written by Robin DiAngelo. He will be joined by Dr. Katheryn Russell-Brown, director of the University of Florida Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations; Dr. Lance Gravlee, UF associate professor of anthropology; and Rachel Khoury, vice president of the Gator Chapter of the NAACP. Rabbi Michael Joseph, a member of the Alachua County Community Remembrance Project, will welcome participants at the event.

At the time of the event, neighbors can participate via this Zoom link or may listen in by dialing 301-715-8592 or 312-626-6799. Questions and comments for Mayor’s Book Club must be submitted via Zoom during the event. No advance registration is required.

“This is an outstanding panel for the latest selection in this book club series on racism,” said Mayor Poe. “I hope our community will join us in the conversation.”

The Book Club will be broadcast on Cox Cable Channel 12, and livestreamed on the city’s website and Facebook page.

"Our community is hungry for change, and a conversation between experts and a student activist like myself is one of the many ways we can begin to reexamine and take action against institutional racism," said panelist Rachel Khoury.

The event is sponsored by the City of Gainesville, the University of Florida Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations in the Levin College of Law, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in partnership with the Alachua County Community Remembrance Project.