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For the Black girls in the forgotten spaces.
Bringing together an international community of women of color through reading and dialogue. 

SBG Book Club is not just about what book to read. It’s about the community we have access to. It’s about helping each one of us to find the intelligence we hold inside. It’s about digging deeper and building out a world that is bigger than us.

So join the community and come along for the ride.




General Membership

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↳ Monthly readings announced via newsletter.
Mid-read discussion via Facebook Group.
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Author Chat

Join us for an Author Chat with Kiese Laymon, author of our August General Track Read, Heavy

Submit your questions for Kiese Laymon here

Buy your copy of Heavy from our Bookshop, then pick up the syllabus and join us for what is sure to be an emotionally deep Author Chat!

August 31 at 7pm EST

All lives are multistreamed to our Facebook Group + YouTube Channel. 

General Track

Book of the Month
October 2020

Join our General Track discussions and author chats for this great read in the month of October*!

*It’s a hectic season, so we are slow-rolling and likely reading this book into November. 

Temple of My Familiar

Alice Walker

The Temple of My Familiar was published in 1989, and is thought to be a sequel to The Color Purple. It consists of multiple narratives that intertwine to explore a variety of concepts about history, society, and truth as the characters struggle to create identity. The author explores a world that is complicated and divided by race, gender, religion, political systems, and takes us on a journey as the characters endure spiritual transformation.


Dig deeper & enhance your readings...for
you and your community.
Curate your own reading circles with our syllabi!
Curated by a cohort of graduate level of Black women researchers.

Complex Theory Track

Fall Rotation
Thru December 2020

Join our Complex Theory Track discussions, as we delve into a book that centers self-care and compassion in our activism! 

Pleasure Activism

adrienne Marie brown

How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life? Author and editor adrienne maree brown finds the answer in something she calls “pleasure activism,” a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work. Drawing on the black feminist tradition, she challenges us to rethink the ground rules of activism. 

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