Racial Justice Series | Session #2

January 14 | 9 a.m. | In-Person + On Zoom

Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine


Temple Micah is continuing to work to understand and confront racism in our building, in our community, and in our world. Learn more about our work this year.

Starting in November, we will dive into Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric. This is a familiar title to some of you, as we discussed portions of it in 2022. Now, Micah member Gayle Wald, a George Washington University professor of American Studies, will lead us in a deeper exploration of the book, which combines poetry, essays, scripts, and images to probe issues of citizenship, microaggressions, and anti-Blackness.

  • Each of three sessions will use a different part of Citizen as a touchstone for conversation.  

  • The sessions will be cumulative. We will build on what we learn, continually deepening our ideas.

  • At the end of our study, we will consider what we want to do with the knowledge we have gained. How can we use insights gleaned from Citizen to make our Micah community a space of belonging? To become better citizens of our own communities, including our city or states and our nation?

Why are we revisiting this text? 

We chose Citizen because it is engaging and enlightening, because it straddles literary genres, and because it consists of short, probing pieces that will inform our discussions. Please join us even if you don’t have time to read the entire book. 

When are the sessions?

  • Thursday, November 30 at 7 p.m. (we will discuss Chapter 2 of Citizen)
  • Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 9 a.m. (we will discuss Chapters 3-5 (inclusive, pp. 41-79) of Citizen)
  • Mid-March 2024 (date TBD)

How do I attend?

Please register to let us know if you plan to join us.

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