Great Books Now from Open Harvest’s Diversity Committee

In 2021 we started a Book Club to study and undo the harm and suffering caused by long-standing hateful social discrimination. We intend to be an active agent for Democracy, Education, and Community Concern, three of our Seven Cooperative Principles. 2022 challenges us with relocation work, so we temporarily abandon the actual book club, but we will continue to read and grow.  Tell us what you like. Ask us how to help.  Join us in resolution.


ANTISEMITISM: HERE AND NOW by Deborah E. Lipstadt.
This is an excellent book for our May 18 DEI Know Our Community Event, 7-8 pm.
Rabbi Alex Felch and Nicholette Siegfried from South Street Temple will talk about Lincoln’s Jewish community, its principles and its challenges.
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Book Club titles 2021:

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson.

Freedom Farmers: Agricultural Resistance and the Black Freedom Movement, by Monica M. White.

STAMPED, by Ibram X. Kendi, Mellon Professor of Humanities; Director, Boston Center for Anti-Racist Research.
There are actually three books here:

  1. The first, STAMPED from the Beginning, was a National Book Award-Winning

academic history of racism in America and was a #1 NYT Best Seller.

  1. STAMPED: Racism, AntiRacism and You, with Jason Reynolds. A Popular YA Version.
  1. STAMPED (for Kids): Racism, AntiRacism and You, with Jason Reynolds.


RECENT DEI favorites, 2022:

BIASED: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, by Jennifer L. Eberhardt, Stanford Psychologist and recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant.

Denying the Holocaust, Deborah E. Lipstadt, and the film Denial with Rachel Weisz as Lipstadt when she was sued for naming a Holocaust Denier.

Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer: Indigenous and Scientific ways of finding ourselves in a living world.

An Indigenous People’s History of the United States, Roxane Dunlap-Ortiz.

You’ll Never Believe What Happened to Lacey:  Crazy Stories about Racism,
Amber Ruffin & Lacey Lamar.


Our Diversity Goals are shaping our vision of what the new location can mean to this 47-year-old Cooperative.   Think equality and service and health and strength when you think TOGETHER WE GROW.


Join us in Resolution.

Juanita Rice for Open Harvest Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.