Media Matters: Books and Beyond

Join YWCA's Quarterly Media Matters Discussion Club

YWCA hosts a quarterly discussion around a book or film that focuses on social justice issues. Each of our subjects connect to our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. The club is open to all, no matter your age!

Why join us?

  • “The act of reading in a community can help you read more deeply and better understand diverse perspectives,” John Coleman writes in the Harvard Business Review.
  • You read things that you would not otherwise read.
  • Some books need to be discussed.
  • As Joyce Carol Oates said, “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.”

Upcoming Media Matters Series: The 1619 Project

The 1619 Project docuseries explores the many topics examined in Pulitzer Prize winning author and journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones’ book of the same title. In keeping with the original project, the series seeks to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of national narrative.
From June-September, YWCA will host monthly viewings and candid discussions focused on the following episodes: Music, Democracy, Race and Fear. We will also invite community advocates, educators, and creators to each discussion to dive further into each episode’s purpose. Follow along this summer as we take our Media Matters series on the road for a city-wide discussion and viewing of some of the series’ most poignant episodes.
Check out what’s coming up this summer in this multi-part series!
  • Music Episode Viewing & Discussion: June 15, 5:30pm at the West Boulevard Library – Registration has closed.
  • Democracy Episode Viewing & Discussion: July 20, 5:30pm at the University City Regional Library Registration has closed.
  • Race Episode Viewing & Discussion: August 17, 5:30pm at Hickory Grove Library. Registration has closed.
  • Fear Episode Viewing & Discussion: September 21, 5:30pm, at SouthPark Regional Library.

If you have any questions, please contact Jamila Green (Community Engagement Manager) at