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!

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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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Happy World Book Day!

In honor of World Book Day, we invite you to vote on Melanin Book Club’s July Book Selection!

VOTE for July Book Selection by commenting below with one of the following titles:
  • The Conjure Woman and Other Conjure Tales by Charles W. Chesnutt
  • Black Skin, White Mask by Frantz Fanon
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston by Valerie Boyd
  • The Spook Who Sat by The Door by Sam Greenlee
  • Ella Baker & The Black Freedom Movement by Barbara Ransby

As we finish reading our April Book Selection, Nigger by Dick Gregory, join in on our discussions on GoodReads and come out and get some wise words from Dick Gregory in Chicago:

African American Speaking Series with Dick Gregory

When: Fri, May 1, 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Where: Sanctuary, The Faith Community of Saint Sabina Church, 1210 W 78th Place, Chicago, IL

Happy Reading,


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Melanin Book Club | April Book Selection: “Nigger” by Dick Gregory

 Nigger by Dick Gregory, originally published in 1964, is the autobiography of comedian and social activist Dick Gregory. “You didn’t die a slave for nothing, Momma. You brought us up. You and all those Negro mothers who gave their kids the strength to go on, to take that thimble to the well while the whites were taking buckets. Those of us who weren’t destroyed got stronger, got calluses on our souls. And now we’re ready to change a system, a system where a white man can destroy a black man with a single word. Nigger.”

178528 Thank you to our book club member Lisa, for selecting our April Book Selection.

As we finish reading and discussing Go Tell It On The Mountain by James Baldwin as the month of March nears its end I encourage you learn more on James Baldwin. As an activist, Baldwin attended many speaking engagements, debates, and conversations on the state of Black Americans. Since it is The Year of James Baldwin, we will continue to post content on one of America’s greatest writers.

In May, Dick Gregory will be speaking at The Faith Community of St. Sabina on the south side of Chicago in which all Melanin Book Club Members are invited to attend.  Later that month, we will have our FIRST in person Melanin Book Club meeting in Chicago where we will discuss the authors, the content, and the teachings that we’ve learned thus far in The Club.  We will snack and enjoy each others company in conversation for a fulfilling and enriching experience.



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