Good Trouble Book Group
“Rosa Parks inspired us to get in trouble. And I’ve been getting in trouble ever since. She inspired us to find a way, to get in the way, to get in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble.” Over the years John Lewis was able to meet and work with Rosa Parks who taught him about the philosophy and discipline of non-violence. “She kept on saying to each one of us, you too can do something,” he said. “And for people if you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, do something. We cannot afford to be quiet.” - John Lewis -
“Racism is man's gravest threat to man - the maximum of hatred for a minimum of reason.”– Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
We are a book group with a mission
The Good Trouble Book Group is dedicated to dissecting the layers of racism within our culture and within ourselves. This group was started by alumni who attended Morningside High School in Inglewood, California during the late sixties and early seventies. Our intent is to share the diversity and richness of our individual cultural experiences while exposing the toxic belief system that has embedded itself into our psyche. Our goal is to become anti-racist which means to fight racism wherever we find it, whether it be in the system, in others, or in ourselves.
Our group seeks to use the power of books to both entertain and educate, while also challenging conventional perspectives on complex and challenging issues facing marginalized groups today here in our group, in our communities and nationwide. We hope to find variations of love and friendship, self exploration, family interaction dynamics and cultural diversity to guide us to a deeper understanding.
Beginning June 1, 2021, we are moving forward with a vision for growth and intend to expand an be more inclusive by inviting friends, family and friends of friends to this group.
This book group will be moving forward with a vision for growth with the intention of expanding our reach. We will be more inclusive in our choices of books by choosing those written by authors who were unafraid to make some "good trouble" with the purpose of disturbing our comfort zones. These will be both fiction and non-fiction. We will include books by people from all faiths, from all corners of the world, from all types of backgrounds. These will include books by Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Buddhists, Agnostics and Atheists authors. These will include books by LGBTQIA2S+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Two-Spirit and additional sexual orientations and gender identities.) - These will include books by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), Latino, Asian and White and PWD (People With Disabilities).
Please join us as we figure it out together.