It is time to commit to learning about Black history, unlearning white supremacism, and engaging in proactively anti-racist behavior by identifying how we individually contribute to these systems of injustice. Noname, an amazing rapper and poet from Chicago, is the founder of Noname’s Book Club.
“Political education is a critical part of all revolutionary struggles. Radical spaces should be available for FREE to everyone,” Noname said. “Noname’s Book Club has plans to launch our Free Reading Program but we need your help. please consider subscribing for $1/month.”
Noname’s Book Club is an online and in-real-life community dedicated to uplifting POC voices. “We do this by highlighting two books each month written by authors of color. In addition to our social media presence we feel it is highly important to have free in-person meet ups to discuss the monthly picks in a safe and supportive environment. Currently we have 6 local chapters with plans for continuous growth,” she said.
From cult classics to the words of emergent authors, Noname’s Book Club highlights books that speak on human conditions in critical and original ways.
Noname has created a Patreon to help fund upcoming initiatives. “In 2020 we also want to raise funds to send our monthly picks to select prisons in various cities. It is extremely important to us to share work we believe in with as many folks as possible, and none of this is done without hard work. In order to compensate staff, graphic designers, photographers, and facilitators who all help bring each meeting to life we need your help. With subscription we are one step closer to true sustainability. Big thanks to all the folks supporting us via social media! Your encouragement and continued engagement is what’s kept us going thus far, WE LOVE YOU!”
When Noname’s Book Club reaches 10,000 patrons, The Free Reading Program will be launched, serving as an alternative to reading their monthly picks. The Free Reading Program will suggest one essay monthly and have meetings around the material. Essay themes: Black Radical Tradition, Marxism, Feminism etc. All meetings will be free to the public and facilitated by organizers and educators who already do incredible community work. Essays will be printed and distributed at each meeting.
Allyship is a continuum, and a habit of practice. It doesn’t happen overnight! Noname’s Book Club is an amazing resource to learn and to participate in a community actively seeking for change.
Want to learn more? You can join Noname, Boots Riley, and host Khury Petersen-Smith for a wide-ranging conversation on art, politics, and revolution TONIGHT at 5 p.m. (PST). More info here.