Wednesday, September 7 at 7:00 pm

Join us on Wednesday, September 7, for our Opening Meeting and program, when Jennifer Harlan, Staff Editor for Special Projects at the New York Times joins us to discuss her book “Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter,” co-authored with Veronica Chambers, which covers the rise of Black Lives Matter and how it has been shaped by U.S. history. From the early days of the movement to the watershed moments that challenged people to take action, the book tells the story of how a hashtag became a movement. It follows the activists and organizers on their journeys, examines some of the ways that protest has been fundamental to American history, and shows how marches, rallies, and demonstrations can be vital tools for making meaningful change.

In 2020, the world watched history being made in the streets of America. The rallying cry of Black Lives Matter captured global attention and spurred thousands of people of all ages, races, genders, and backgrounds to stand up for major progressive social reform. The widespread protests, rooted in the call-and-response tradition of the Black community, were fueled by a growing understanding for many that systemic racism undermines the very nature of democracy. But where did this movement begin? And why, after years of work by everyday people, did the world finally begin to take notice?

Everyone is welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Sarah Harlan at for the Zoom link to join us.