Manasota Interracial Book Club

Manasota Interracial Book Club

The Manasota Interracial Book Club

Welcome to the Manasota Interracial Book Club Information Page.

Racism and the legacy of slavery is often called American’s original sin.  Democrats and Republicans tend to see racism differently, as do Whites and Blacks, Northerners and Southerners.  Obviously, it is a difficult subject and the legacy of race continues to bedevil America.

The Manasota Interracial Book Club is one effort, located in Sarasota, Florida, that is working to promote mutual understanding across racial differences with the hope that injustices might be eased.  Both White and Black group members are reading challenging books that explore racism and then gathering for conversation.

The idea for this a club grew out a conference at Sarasota’s First Presbyterian Church, which featured the Reverend Paul Roberts, President of Atlanta’s Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary on the topic Race, Racism, and the Reformation.

During the discussion period following Dr. Robert’s presentation members of the mixed-race audience asked, “How can we be more informed about race and what practical thing can we do about it?”  Janet Olshewsky of Sarasota, a retired teacher and author, suggested starting a book club.  Vicki Wacksman, of Lakewood Ranch and founder of the New York Center on Social Justice and Human Understanding, agreed to join Olshewsky in leading a book club.

The Manasota Interracial Book Club, now organized with a mixed-race, inter-denominational membership, is divided into three subgroups, which are meeting regularly.

This page will provide current information about the club.

Upcoming Meetings

Manasota Interracial Book Club Group A Meeting

Manasota Interracial Book Club Group B Meeting

Manasota Interracial Book Club Book Club Group C Meeting

The Books


Jesus and the Disinherited Howard Thurman



Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi


The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race by Willie James Jennings


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari


The Half has Never Been Told–Edward E. Baptist


Waking Up White–Debby Irving


Just Mercy–Bryan Stevenson


The Souls of Black Folk–W.E.B. Du Bois

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