Museum Book Club: Soul City
August 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The museum is launching a new book club for community members. Each book club meeting will include a casual discussion with museum staff about a work of historical nonfiction, and possibly in the future, historical fiction. Museum staff will typically pick books published within the last 2-3 years that explore local and regional history or explore exhibit themes.
For now, book club meetings will happen four times per year. We encourage you to register for the book club meetings that most interest you. There is no obligation to participate in every book discussion.
On Monday, August 9 at 6 pm, we invite you to join us for a discussion of Soul City: Race, Equity, and the Lost Dream of an American Utopia by Thomas Healy. In this book, Healy explores the forgotten story of civil rights activist Floyd McKissick’s attempt to build a community dedicated to racial equality in the 1970s. Soul City is located about forty miles north of Wake Forest, so this story unfolds close to home. Join us as we chat about why Soul City failed. Was it an impossible dream? How might North Carolina be different if Soul City had succeeded?
This discussion will take place via Zoom, and a link will be sent in advance. To help keep our conversation free-flowing and personal, we will not be recording our book clubs.