Southern Illinois Reads Project Hopes to Foster Discussion About Racial Healing

Mar 26, 2021

The Carbondale Branch of the NAACP is taking part in a statewide program dealing with racial healing.

Branch President Linda Flowers says the Healing Illinois initiative of the Illinois Department of Human Services involves getting people to communicate across racial and socio-economic lines.

She says the NAACP decided its project would involve a reading discussion group.

"Our thinking was that sometimes it's easier for me to talk about race and uncomfortable issues when I'm talking about it from the perspective of this book as opposed to my personal experiences."

Flowers says they chose nine books people can check out from the Carbondale and Marion public libraries. They're asking people commit to reading one book and then sign up for a group discussion on that book.