“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”

B.B. King

We believe reading can be a radical act because we, and our oppressors know the power books carry to educate, shift and inform perspectives, foster challenging conversation, and build community. So we’re excited to announce our new book club BLD KNOWLEDGE because knowledge is one thing that can’t be taken away from you. Once we know, we can’t un-know and what we do with that knowledge can change the world.  

Every month we’re going to be recommending a new book written by a radical author who will help us gain a deeper understanding of liberation culture!  Read along with us as we discuss each book and share ways we can use this knowledge to make an impact in our communities.

Get a copy of the current book from your favorite independent bookstore or your local library, and read along with us each month. We will have other activities and activations throughout the month to help us understand the themes and issues in the book. Join the conversation on our Instagram by using the #BLDKNOWLEDGE.

BLDKnowledge Book Club

August 2020 Pick: The Undocumented Americans

One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation. Writer Karla Cornejo Villavicencio was on DACA when she decided to write about being undocumented for the first time using her own name. It was right after the election of 2016, the day
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July 2020 Pick: I’m Telling the Truth, But I’m Lying

“A deeply personal collection of essays exploring Nigerian-American author Bassey Ikpi’s experiences navigating Bipolar II and anxiety throughout the course of her life. Bassey Ikpi was born in Nigeria in 1976. Four years later, she and her mother joined her father in Stillwater, Oklahoma —a move that would be anxiety ridden for any child, but especially for Bassey. Her early years
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May 2020 Pick: When They Call You A Terrorist

Raised by a single mother in an impoverished neighborhood in Los Angeles, Patrisse Khan-Cullors experienced firsthand the prejudice and persecution Black Americans endure at the hands of law enforcement. For Patrisse, the most vulnerable people in the country are Black people. Deliberately and ruthlessly targeted by a criminal justice system serving a white privilege agenda, Black people are subjected to unjustifiable
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