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. 

CasteWe are inviting you and your organization to be a part of just such a community-wide effort this October 2021: A Cedar Valley reading of the book Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson.   


Dismantling racism is a priority and will not happen without ongoing intention, prioritization, and strategic focus.   A collective reading of Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson 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.  Additional resources will be added to this website. 

How do you get involved?

We encourage you to reconnect with your last year’s group and add a few new faces. Once you organize to read the book:

  1. Order/download/check out/purchase the book. If purchasing the book is a hindrance for you or anyone in your group, please contact diversity@uni.edu.
  2. Click this link by Sept. 30 to share your commitment to join in and to give us some information.
  3. Click hereto join a FACEBOOK GROUP that has been created for the Community Book Read.  This Facebook page will be a resource for information and supplementary videos and content for groups and individuals involved in the community wide book read this October! 

Last year's panel discussions on the book, "How to be an Antiracists" by Ibram X. Kendi were recorded live and then made available on the  Facebook page, Cedar Valley Book Read.  

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.