Fall 2022 Racial Justice Book Circle: "The Four Pivots: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves"
Date and Time
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
11:45 am to 1:00 pm
This is an online event.
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We would like to invite you to join FLC's Fall 2022 racial justice book circle. We will be reading and discussing Shawn Ginwright’s book, The Four Pivots: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves. We are excited to continue these district-wide discussions and would like to encourage everyone to attend.
About the Book:
We need a fundamental shift in our values–a pivot in how we think, act, work, and connect. Despite what we’ve been told, the most critical mainspring of social change isn’t coalition building or problem analysis. It’s healing: deep, whole, and systemic, inside and out.
Here, Shawn Ginwright, PhD, breaks down the common myths of social movements–a set of deeply ingrained beliefs that actually hold us back from healing and achieving sustainable systemic change. He shows us why these frames don’t work, proposing instead four revolutionary pivots for better activism and collective leadership:
- Awareness: from lens to mirror
- Connection: from transactional to transformative relationships
- Vision: from problem-fixing to possibility-creating
- Presence: from hustle to flow
Supplemented with reflections, prompts, cutting-edge research, and the author’s own insights and lived experience as an African American social scientist, professor, and movement builder, The Four Pivots helps us uncover our obstruction points. It shows us how to discover new lenses and boldly assert our need for connection, transformation, trust, wholeness, and healing. It gives us permission to create a better future–to acknowledge that a broken system has been predefining our dreams and limiting what we allow ourselves to imagine, but that it doesn’t have to be that way at all. Are you ready to pivot?
Wednesdays from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm (dates September 28 through December 7) via Zoom.
- Week 1 - September 28: Introduction
- Week 2 - October 5: Chapters 1 (Reflection) and 2 (Truth)
- Week 3 - October 12: Chapters 3 (Clarity) and 4 (Belonging)
- Week 4 - October 19: Open Chat/Check-In
- Week 5 - October 26: Chapters 5 (Care) and 6 (Vulnerability)
- Week 6 - November 2: Chapters 7 (Perspective) and 8 (Possibility)
- Week 7 - November 9: Open Chat/Check-In
- Week 8 - November 16: Chapters 9 (Outlook) and 10 (Flow)
- No meeting the week of November 23
- Week 9 - November 30: Chapters 11 (Rest) and 12 (Wild)
- Week 10 - December 7: Recap/Now what?
Several e-copies of the book are available via Los Rios Libraries.
*(RSVP not required but appreciated to gauge size.)
This book circle will follow a similar format to our previous book circles and will include time for personal reflection followed by active discussion in small groups using a shared leadership philosophy. Reading of the chapters in advance is expected in order to fully engage in the discussion.
Meets State Professional Development Guideline B: Staff development, in-service training, and instructional improvement and Guideline F: Related activities, such as student advising, guidance, orientation, matriculation services, and student, faculty, and staff diversity.