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COMPASS ROSE: THE UU SAN MATEO BLOG

ARC Recommends MasterClass, Books, and Video!

Updated: May 20, 2022

MasterClass is offering three FREE classes to commemorate Black History Month. As with all Master Classes, the teachers are luminaries in their respective fields. Link here. UUSM member Helen Keacher commented "This is super great. I am listening to it. You can stop it just like you can while watching TV and come back to it afterwards. I really recommend that you watch at least part of it."

I recently read and highly recommend:

Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles Blow: A few weekends ago, I tuned into the Met Opera broadcast and found myself on the edge of my seat, listening to Fire Shut Up in My Bones - the first opera by a Black composer (Terrence Blanchard) and the opera with which the Met opened its 2021-2022 season. It's based on a memoir by Charles Blow, whose commentaries you may have read. The opera led me to the book, which a haunting, lyrical, and moving coming-of-age memoir of a whip-smart Black boy in a poor, rural, small town in Louisiana and the many challenges he faces (not just racial). I read the entire book in one sitting on a Friday night. You won't forget or regret reading it.

The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore (yes): Thought-provoking dual memoir of two Black boys with the same name who started out in Baltimore. One becomes a Rhodes scholar, the other sentenced to life without parole at age 23. The ways in which personal decisions, family, school, and employment opportunities led to different outcomes is eye-opening.

Criminal justice reform based on evidence: If you're wondering how we can re-imagine a safer future for everyone, read this short article from investigative reporter Emily Bazelon. The title is misleading, the content is provocative and lays out a clear path forward. And don't forget to read "Defund Fear: Safety without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment" by Zach Norris for our upcoming joint book club with UUFRC on March 7 from 7:30-9:00 pm. Great opportunity to make new friends and chat with old ones about how we envision public safety for all.


-Neela

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