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Colorful Book Spines

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“My alma mater was books, a good library... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity”

- Malcolm X


Expand Your Horizons (EYH) welcomes any and all followers of Start: Empowerment who like to read and who are sincerely invested in changing the racist, sexist, capitalist and imperialist conditions that have existed in this country and all over the world for too long. We invite you to dedicate your thoughts and voices to an online, synchronous book club in which we would read one book a month and on the third Saturday of each month, engage in Google Meet discussions from 6:00-8:00 pm EST. We welcome all ages placing a special emphasis on encouraging students and young people. By welcoming diversity, you can provide your unique lens of analysis to the monthly readings and help us imagine how we can then turn theory into practice.

*Please join only if you think you will have the time to do the readings.


Our Community Values

**This is a living document and will be updated every session.**

(A) The reading schedule

(B) A working list of books which anyone can add to!

**If unable to access, contact for permission.



  1. Free our minds from the deeply distorted and frankly, fictitious, versions of American history featured in all levels of academia.

  2. Create a space for everyone to speak without fear, apology, or stigma, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, or religious belief. (And if harm happens, work to heal it.)

  3. Engage with texts that:

    1. Allow us to imagine a different world than previously thought possible.

    2. Stimulate our political and economic awareness both domestically and internationally.

  4. Center the writings of Black women and Black queer women who have laid the groundwork for dialogue to be had about alternatives to policing.

  5. Center the writings of Indigenous people who have laid the groundwork for environmental sustainability practices.

  6. Engage with texts that will politically educate us beyond the Democrat/Republican duopoly.

  7. Foster dialogue that will generate questions, debate, potential solutions to the problem at hand, and genius in the moment.

  8. Engage Black members with texts that cause us to orient our problems in America with the problems of people throughout the Diaspora and on the African continent.

  9. Cultivate the areas outlined in author Gholdy Muhammad’s Cultivating Genius: Identity, Skills, Intellect, Criticality.

    1. Identity development - Engaging with texts that help us to understand who we are and who we want to be, and help us gain an understanding of both what our different ancestries were like and of people who are different from us.

    2. Skills - Achieving proficiencies through reading and writing meaningful content.

    3.  Intellectual development - Gaining knowledge and helping us to think deeply whether it be people, places, things, or concepts.

    4. Criticality - Engaging with texts that advance our understanding of power, equity, and anti-racist practices, among other things, so that we will be able to point out oppression and wrong.

  10. POTENTIALLY - devise new and original educational method.

  11. Perhaps most ambitiously, cultivate a feeling of camaraderie ("brotherhood," "sisterhood") amongst the students who become members, and to remind us that we are all part of a collective.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at Or DM us at @start.empowerment on IG.​

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