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Be a Revolution: How Everyday People Are Fighting Oppression and Changing the World—and How You Can, Too--Ijeoma Oluo in conversation with Oriaku Njoku

Event date: 
Friday, February 2, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

All attendees must register for the event.

Charis and the Georgia Center for the Book welcome Ijeoma Oluo in conversation with Oriaku Njoku for a discussion of Be a Revolution: How Everyday People Are Fighting Oppression and Changing the World. In Person in the Sanctuary at the First Baptist Church of Decatur.

About the Book: From the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of So You Want to Talk About Race and Mediocrean eye-opening and galvanizing look at the current state of anti-racist activism across America.

In the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want To Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo offered a vital guide for how to talk about important issues of race and racism in society. In Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America, she discussed the ways in which white male supremacy has had an impact on our systems, our culture, and our lives throughout American history. But now that we better understand these systems of oppression, the question is this: What can we do about them?

With Be A Revolution: How Everyday People are Fighting Oppression and Changing the World—and How You Can, Too, Oluo aims to show how people across America are working to create real positive change in our structures. Looking at many of our most powerful systems—like education, media, labor, health, housing, policing, and more—she highlights what people are doing to create change for intersectional racial equity. She also illustrates various ways in which the reader can find entryways into change in these same areas, or can bring some of this important work being done elsewhere to where they live.

This book aims to not only be educational, but to inspire action and change. Oluo wishes to take our conversations on race and racism out of a place of pure pain and trauma, and into a place of loving action. Be A Revolution is both an urgent chronicle of this important moment in history, as well as an inspiring and restorative call for action.

IJEOMA OLUO is a writer, speaker, and internet yeller. She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller So You Want to Talk About Race and, most recently, Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America. Her work has been featured in the Guardian, the New York Times, and the Washington Post, among many other publications. She was named to the 2021 Time 100 Next list and has twice been named to the Root 100. She received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award and the 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association. She lives in Seattle, Washington. For more on Ijeoma go to:

Oriaku Njoku (she/they), is a first-generation, Black, Igbo, Nigerian-American, Kentucky raised, queer, fat, Southern femme, healing centered coach living and loving in Atlanta, Georgia. Oriaku is deeply committed to finding joy and pleasure in everything she does including the work they do as the Executive Director of the National Network of Abortion Funds. She believes radical love is a core value that can be embodied and operationalized in movement spaces and truly believes that we can and will create a cultural shift around how we address abortion and invites you to join her in making reproductive justice a reality.

About the Event

Ijeoma Oluo will be signing and personalizing books following the discussion. All attendees must register for the event by selecting a ticket. There will be a limited number of free tickets. You may choose a free ticket without a book or a single signed book ticket or a ticket for 2 people that includes one signed book.

If you choose the book with ticket option, you will bring your ticket (digitally or on paper) with you to pick up your copy of the book at the event. All books not picked up at the event on 2/2 will be available for pickup at Charis Books and More (184 S. Candler St, Decatur) for an additional 2 weeks.

Doors open at 6 pm. Event begins promptly at 7 pm.

Masks: Face masks are encouraged but not required.
Social Distancing: Attendance will be capped below capacity to insure social distancing.
T he First Baptist Church is fully wheelchair accessible, with accessible parking. Please contact us at info@charisbooksandmore.comor 404-524-0304 if you have other seating or accessibility needs or would like to request ASL interpretation.

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Event address: 
First Baptist Church of Decatur
308 Clairemont Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
Event Summary: 
From the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of So You Want to Talk About Race and Mediocre,an eye-opening and galvanizing look at the current state of anti-racist activism across America.