Courageous Conversations about Race

Saturday, May 17, 2014 marks the 60th Anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. One of the events the community has planned to honor this milestone is an All-City Book Read, co-sponsored by the library and Topeka Public Schools.

The book selected is Courageous Conversations about Race by Glenn Singleton and Curtis Linton. This book provides interested people with communication protocols to use in discussing racial issues. The book discussions will be facilitated by members of the Topeka Public Schools Equity Council and building and district leaders.

Both the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and Topeka Public Schools (Burnett Center, 624 SW 24th Street) has books available for checkout. Specific chapters will be discussed at the times/locations as follows:

  • April 21 – Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (5:30–6:30 p.m.) – Chpt 1-4
  • April 28 – Topeka High School Cafeteria (5:30– 6:30 p.m.) – Chpt 5-10
  • May 5 – Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (5:30– 6:30 p.m.) – Chpt 11-13

If you have any questions, contact Ms. Tammy Austin, Assistant Superintendent of Topeka Public Schools, at 785-295-3017 or

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