Vermont Reads 2020The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas
Vermont Reads: A Reflection on Reading about Racism
by Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup, Executive Director
Learning, growing, speaking up, speaking out.
Making mistakes, standing back up, trying again.
Vermont Reads 2020: The Hate U Give was announced in early September of 2019 and here at Vermont Humanities we have already had the opportunity to learn, grow, speak up, and speak out – and make mistakes. And then learn some more. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is turning out to be a powerful choice and we are just at the very beginning of our journey with this book.
As we embark on this year’s Vermont Reads adventure together, we have some commitments to make to you and to members of your community.
I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed for just being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down.
Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.
Reading and Race Workshop: February 8
If you are planning to host a Vermont Reads 2020: The Hate U Give community program, we strongly encourage your project organizers to register for this workshop.
We will post more information about Vermont Reads 2020—including a full Information Packet—in January.
Vermont Reads Supporters
Vermont Humanities is grateful to the underwriter of Vermont Reads 2020, Jan Blomstrann, and for the support of the Jack & Dorothy Byrne Foundation. Vermont Public Radio is our media partner; each year VPR presents several days of Vermont Reads programming.