Our Girl Scouts!

We are organizing our own Girl Scouts Troop! Girl Scouts is a national and international organization that helps girls build courage, confidence, and character.  We have decided to incorporate our curriculum and mission with that of GCNWI to benefit girls in low-income schools and communities in Chicago.  We will be providing mentoring, activities, and events to empower the girls we work with and help them to empower their communities.  It takes a village.

We will be hosting our first Volunteer Brunch on August 30th.  For an invitation, contact melaninandbooks@gmail.com or sign up to be a mentor.

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Melanin Book Club | Black August

Join Melanin Book Club for our August dialogue on James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time and Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary by Jasmine Guy! Bring a book to swap in celebration of Black August.

Frontline Bookstore | 5206 s. Harper Chicago, IL | August 25th 7pm

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Melanin Book Club Meeting & Dialogue

Melanin Book Club will now be hosting our meetings at Frontline Bookstore in Hyde Park. We invite you, your friends and all Black book lovers, to join us for our first in-person dialogue and meeting in July 28th at 7pm. We will be discussing the books we’re reading this summer, our July Book Selection The Spook Who Sat By The Door by Sam Greenlee, and what’s next for The Club. We have so much in store for the our meetings and will continue to have discussions online through GoodReads.

This is a great opportunity to participate in conscious dialogue and support black businesses! Let’s engage with one another in order to grow and learn in our individual and collective journeys. We hope that you will join us for this major milestone and continue reading the works of Black writers and intellectuals.

Frontline Distribution has been a staple in the African American community of Hyde Park for over ten years. As a book store and community space that celebrates and upholds African culture, we are happy to call this place home. Join us!

Location: Frontline Bookstore| 5206 s Harper Ave | Chicago, IL 60615

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 28th at 7pm

Free & Open to all Black readers

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DONATE to Our Mission!

Melanin & Books is accepting donations and sponsorships to further its mission in creating social change in Black youth by fusing art, activism, and intellectualism to celebrate Black culture and build the Black community on the south side of Chicago.

This year, we hope to further expand Melanin & Books by partnering with elementary schools, high schools, libraries, and business on the south side of Chicago.  This will allow us to organize and effectively implement programs in our community.  We are structuring a few mentoring groups, a girl’s empowerment group and sister’s circle to inspire spiritual healing and support for young women, and a very special book club and youth book initiative for the Summer and Fall of 2015.  We will be recruiting young black artists, scholars, intellectuals, revolutionaries and mentors to join our team.  Our efforts will be centered in Chicago, on Black youth, around Black issues.

All of our efforts will seek to engage the community and promote love.  We will be revolutionary in spirit and profound in practice.  In order to accomplish the goals, we ask for your support!  There are a lot of cost that go into forming a community organization– marketing and material, supplies, copy and printing services, web and internet, books, etc.  Any monetary donation will be greatly appreciated.  If you would like to donate books on African/African American history or culture, please contact me via the Contact tab.

Currently, any monetary donations collected will go toward our domain costs, to the implementation of our girls’ group on the south side of Chicago, and to the expansion of Melanin Book Club.

Please donate to support us financially!

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Melanin & Books: Reading as Healing, Meditation, and Revolutionary Work

I’m hoping to facilitate a workshop at The Movement for Black Lives National Convening on July 24-26th in Cleveland, Ohio. This workshop, Melanin and Books: Reading as Healing, Meditation, and Revolutionary Work is an interactive dialogue and presentation on the importance of reading impactful books as young, black, revolutionaries. It will encourage participants to view reading as a form of personal growth fostering ancestral connection, healing and meditation, and as the primary tool to receiving knowledge and acquiring wisdom. Please be encouraged to take some time to vote today!

http://movementforblacklives.org/ideas/melanin-and-books-reading-as-healing-meditation-and-revolutionary-work/

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Melanin Book Club at Frontline Book Store

Melanin Book Club is proud to present our new feature for the month of July, The Spook Who Sat By The Door by SamSpook Greenlee.  Just in time for our new book, Melanin Book Club has partnered with Frontline Distribution in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood to house our book club and future events!  While we have had and will continue to have many fruitful online discussions, we are excited to finally have a space to create critical and conscious dialogue on various topics presented in the books that we have read.

Frontline Distribution has been a staple in the African American community of Hyde Park for over ten years.  As a book store and community space that celebrates and upholds African culture, we are happy to call this place home.

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