Thank you, Kalamazoo! Thank you for reading Writings on the Wall and talking about it with friends, family, co-workers, and strangers. Thank you for submitting your questions for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Thank you for attending his appearance at Miller Auditorium and being part of a record-breaking audience for a Reading Together author: Over 3,200! Thank you for participating in discussions, whether about the entire book or a specific chapter. And thank you to those of you who have taken steps to help create “a new equality beyond black and white” in Kalamazoo. We were hopeful when we selected this title that Mr. Abdul-Jabbar’s book would inspire just that kind of dialogue and action. Here are just some of the responses we’ve received:
- Actually spoke in public about politics, which I never do. Passed on quotation from the book. Passed the book to someone. Made a point to seek out and listen to local viewpoints I may not always hear.
- I am going to form a Saturday morning book club for 14-18 year olds.
- I am more conscious of my reactions to racial comments and jokes. I need to speak up when inappropriate comments and jokes are made instead of remaining quiet.
- Yes I met with an individual for coffee and then invited them to church.
- I choose to volunteer in an area outside of my comfort zone. Having a conversation with others not like me and I’m loving it!
This special anniversary has celebrated a community that places great value on the importance of reading together, something in which we should all take immense pride. We look forward to continuing the tradition when we start the selection process this summer for Reading Together 2018! If you have a suggestion, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, we hope you’ll continue talking to each other about your latest read.
Karen Trout, Reading Together Coordinator