In collaboration with the
Mayor's Office of Religious Affairs
(MORA), the DC Office of Human Rights (OHR) is launching it's
Building Bridges Book Club
this month. Each month, between July and September, OHR and MORA staff will be reading books closely related to our work, including books exploring topics like civil rights, inclusion, bias and much more.
The first book in the series will be
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond, a Harvard sociologist who explores the poorest areas of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, highlighting eight families struggling to pay rent to their landlords around the 2008 financial crisis. The book points out issues of extreme poverty, affordable housing and economic exploitation in the United States.
Other books in the series include:
- Chocolate City by Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove
- Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
- Biased by Jennifer L. Eberhardt
OHR and MORA invites you to pick up these conscious summer reads and then join OHR Director Mónica Palacio and MORA Director Thomas Bowen as they share their thoughts on Facebook live at the end of each month. If you haven't already, please click the link below to follow our page on Facebook and get all of our exciting content directly to your news feed.
P.S. If you're wondering why there's an ice cream background. It's because July is National Ice Cream Month! Bon Appetite!