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Our Partners and Sponsors

The Book Club on Race is a project of The Village Square, supported by a grant from the Knight Foundation through the Community Foundation of North Florida.

This project would not be possible without our ongoing partnership with Leon County Government, through the national award winning Club of Honest Citizens. In the years prior to the American Revolution, one of its preeminent architects – Ben Franklin — informally gathered interesting people in London to think. They called themselves the Club of Honest Whigs. Out of social events like these came ideas like police & volunteer fire departments, the first public libraries, hospitals and universities, paved roads – even the discovery of oxygen. Like Franklin, we think brilliant ideas can come from riveting conversations with our neighbors. In the spirit of Mr. Franklin and the tradition of invention and association that has always made America unique, the Club of Honest Citizens joins citizens with their elected leaders and government for “Company, Chat, a Laugh, a Glass” and “wise Sentences.” You can view pictures of the 2016 Club of Honest Citizens event “Created Equal: A conversation on race + founding ideals + our hometown” here.



About the hero image at the top of this page: The photo shows the “Unsung Founders Memorial” at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was a gift from the Class of 2012 to the university. Three hundred “People Of Color Bound And Free” uphold a black granite table, surrounded by five seats, to honor the unacknowledged contributions of slaves to building the institution. At the dedication ceremony UNC Chancellor James Moeser expressed his intention that the memorial “attests to our commitment to shed light on the darker corners of our history.” Perhaps aptly capturing the challenge of any effort to navigate the rough waters of race in America, the Unsung Founders Memorial is not without its controversy. Just down the quad from it stands “Silent Sam,” a 20 foot statue erected in 1913 by UNC alumni and the United Daughters of the Confederacy to honor the 321 UNC students killed in the Civil War – 40% of the student body at the time, more than any other university in the country. The Unsung Founders Memorial as it stands – as a tribute and a place of contemplation – and the controversy around it both serve as a metaphor for the task ahead. (Photo on this page: Liz Joyner. Photo on front page: MyStuart )


Other photos on this site:

girlsThe photograph, taken in 1955, depicts the Barnard School in Washington DC, shortly after integration. The photograph was taken by Thomas J. O’Halloran and is made available through the Library of Congress. We find this picture so riveting because of the easy hopefulness of some of the children in it, probably now approaching 70.

florida-memory-civil-rights The photograph was taken at an NAACP demonstration in Tallahassee, Florida in 1965 to protest the U.S. Senate filibuster over the civil rights bill. Photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory; photographer is unknown.

6941222253_c4a32f99e6_o (1)The photograph, taken in 1960, documents a sit-in by Florida A&M University and Florida State University students at Woolworth’s lunch counter: Tallahassee, Florida. When they failed to leave, 11 were arrested for “disturbing the peace by engaging in riotous conduct and assembly to the disturbance of the public tranquility.” Photo courtesy of State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory; photographer is unknown.


Stephen Melkisethian Black Lives MatterThe photo was taken in April of 2015 in Washington D.C.’s Chinatown neighborhood for a March to show solidarity with the Baltimore protests after the tragic killing of African-American youth Freddie Gray. Photo credit: Stephen Melkisethian under Created Commons License 2.0.

unlearn Photo adapted from two “Unlearn Racism” photos by Joe Brusky, used under Creative Commons License 2.0.


The photographs of the March on Washington are rare public domain images of the event and of Dr. King. They are public domain because they were taken by an unnamed photographer for the US Marine Corps.