Holy Trinity Lutheran Church


Elgin Community Reads on Racism    2020-21

CERL in co-operation with the Community Engagement Staff of the Gail Borden Public Library has created three programs as part of an Elgin Community Read on Racism. It is our hope that by creating these programs, we will educate both ourselves and our community about the issue of racism and its impact on all of us.

Three books have been chosen. They will be available through Gail Borden Public Library in paper and e-formats so many people will have access to the books. The programs themselves will be conducted on zoom with the help of the GBPL staff.


Session One
Oct 25, 2020     2:00-4:00pm

Waking Up White by Debby Irving

This program will be a presentation with the author.
Questions and discussion will be facilitated by Joyce Fountain, Retired Professor. Questions for discussion will be received before and during the presentation.


Session Two
January 24,  2021      2:00-4:00pm

The New Jim Crow  By Michelle Alexander.

A Community Read Hosted by Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain.
Joyce Fountain will facilitate the discussion of the ideas and issues raised in the book.
Our Resource People Are:
Sheriff Ron Hain: Sheriff of Kane County
Dr Vincent Gaddis: Professor Benedictine University



Session Three
April 18, 2021      2:00-4:00pm

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A discussion on racism, equity, education, and raising children
A Community Read Hosted By Dr Teresa Lance
Assistant Superintendent for Equity and Innovation School District U-46.
Joyce Fountain will facilitate the discussion.
Our Resource People are:
Traci O’Neal Ellis, Chief Equity Officer at IMSA
Toya Webb, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, ECC

Financial Sponsors:

Coalition of Elgin Religious Leaders
Elgin Cultural Arts Commission
Elgin Human Relations Commission
Fox Valley Citizens For Peace and Justice
Gail Borden Public Library
Kane County Sheriff’s Office


Program Coordinator Denise Tracy



Community Sponsors are needed.

Community Sponsors are groups that support this program and are willing to receive publicity to send their members to increase attendance and community participation. If your group is willing to support this program please send a message to be added to the list of community sponsors. Give a contact name and e-mail address to receive publicityType your paragraph here.