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one book one community


One Book, One Community is an opportunity for the entire Elmhurst community to read and engage with the same book.You voted, and your top pick is:  

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.



Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesBetween the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

In this profound work, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. The idea of race in America damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—exploited through slavery, segregation, imprisonment, and murder. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? How can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

To find out more about upcoming One Book, One Community events, click on these links…
TED Talk Chats      Film Series      Book Discussions     For Further Reading

Coming Together: TED Talk Conversations About Race

Join us for a TED Talk viewing and conversation. Each month, watch and discuss two TED Talks about race.


Thursday, June 8 • 7-8 p.m. • Meeting Room A

We Need to Talk About An Injustice
by Bryan Stevenson

A Prosecutor’s Vision For A Better Justice System by Adam Foss.

Register online, in person, or by phone.


Thursday, July 6 • 7-8 p.m. • Meeting Room A

An Interview with the Founders of Black Lives Matter by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Mia Birdsong

How To Raise a Black Son in America by Clint Smith.

Register online, in person, or by phone.


Thursday, Aug. 10 • 7-8 p.m. • Meeting Room A

My Road Trip Through the Whitest Towns In America by Rich Benjamin

How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them by Verna Myers.

Register online, in person, or by phone.

Coming Together: Film Series

Spend an afternoon at the movies each month expanding your mind with these historic and educational films. We provide the popcorn.

I Am Not Your Negro

Thursday, June 22 • 2-4:30 p.m.

Large Meeting Room

Using James Baldwin’s own words, this Academy Award-nominated documentary journeys into black history connecting the past of the Civil Rights movement to the present of #BlackLivesMatter.
No registration required.

Hidden Figures

Thursday, July 20 • 2-4:30 p.m.

Large Meeting Room

The untold story of three brilliant African-American women working at NASA behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit.
No registration required.


Thursday, Aug. 24 • 2-4:30 p.m.

Large Meeting Room

This historical drama chronicles the iconic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala. in 1965 championing voting rights.
No registration required.

Book discussions

Books available when you register

Join us! There are three opportunities to discuss the book voted as our One Book, One Community selection. Register for the session that best suits your schedule, and a copy of the book is available when you register.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Thursday, July 13 • 7-8:15 p.m.
Gathering Room

Saturday, July 15 • 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Admin. Conference Room

Wednesday, July 19 • 1-2:15 p.m.
Admin. Conference Room

Register starting June 3 in person or by phone.

Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Reading Recommendations

Relevant Reading