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Communique: Wilmington Book Discussion Group Focuses On Race Relations; July Topic Is Reparations

Toya Wilson (L) & Jim Downey

The Race Matters Book Discussion Group began in January this year.  The focus book right now is We Were Eight Years in Power, a collection of essays by Ta-Nehisi Coates penned between 2012 and 2017 for The Atlantic. 

Race Matters meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm at the Main Library in Downtown Wilmington. On July 17, the topic of discussion is reparations for black Americans-a controversial subject covered in Chapter 6 of Coates' collection. This article, "The Case for Reparations," can be read from The Atlantic archive.

Listen to Jim Downey, who founded the group, and Toya Wilson, a memeber since the beginning, above. Check back here to read our extended conversation later today.

The group welcomes new participants every month-all are welcome.

CORRECTION: Ta-Nehisi Coates began writing for The Atlantic in 2008; an earlier version of the audio story incorrectly stated 2012.