Cedar Valley Book Read

Cedar Valley Book Read

There is incredible hope cultivated when individuals, groups, and organizations across all disciplines purposefully enter into a shared experience in order to learn, grow, and create a flourishing community. 

We are inviting you and your organization to be a part of just such a community-wide effort this October:  A Cedar Valley reading of the book How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.     Dicersity Reads

Please click here to watch this short video invitation.

Dismantling racism is a priority and will not happen without ongoing intention, prioritization, and strategic focus.   A collective reading of How to be an Antiracist can help our community by:

*creating shared vocabulary and definitions around race, racism, and antiracism.

*growing understanding through the reading and by listening to our Cedar Valley neighbors.

*building new and stronger connections with Cedar Valley neighbors.

*forging a collective sense of urgency and value to work together as antiracists toward the vision of a more just community. 

*providing a launching pad for further discussion and strategic action.

How do you get involved?

                We encourage you to organize a group or multiple groups at your work, place of worship, school, neighborhood, place of civic involvement, book club, etc.. You might also read the book as an individual or family.  Once you organize to read the book:

Weekly Panel Discussions with Community Leaders 

Host – Rev. Abraham L. Funchess, Jr.

Thursday evenings in October 6:30 - 8:00

Watch via zoom at (new link every week)


You can find all the panel discussions – past, present and future on YouTube using this link.





Oct. 1

Education leaders

1-3: My Racist Introduction, Definitions, Dueling Consciousness, Power

Oct. 8

Law Enforcement leaders

4-7: Biology, Ethnicity, Body, Culture

Oct. 15

Religious leaders

8-11: Behavior, Color, White, Black

Oct. 22

Business leaders

12-15: Class, Space, Gender, Sexuality

Oct. 29

Political and Community leaders

16-18: Failure, Success, Survival

The panel discussions will be recorded live and then made available on the Facebook page, Cedar Valley Book Read.    (You can also watch it on the Waterloo Public Access Channel MediaCom Channel 17 on Thursday's at 10 AM &Friday's at 10:30 AM)

Have questions?   Email Abraham Funchess Abraham.Funchess@waterloo-ia.org; Gwenne Berry Gwenne.Berry@uni.edu; Cathy Young  cathyoung4@gmail.com; Dave Kivett davekivett@cfu.net ; or Sharon Juon juon@mchsi.com  

We hope you’ll join us! 

The Cedar Valley Book Read Planning Team

Abraham Funchess, Gwenne Berry, Cathy Young, Dave Kivett, Sharon Juon, Joy Briscoe, Dee Vandeventer, Mary Robinson, Thomas Flint, Carol Teare, Scott Kober, Gulsum Kucuksari, Laura Hoy

Missed the original book read? No worry the Waterloo Public Library has you covered.