Summer reading 

Join us this summer as we read through the below texts available to purchase online through Key Bookstore located in Hartford. Each title has an accompanying link to purchase the text via Key Bookstore's website and a PDF download outlining major themes and topics as conversation starters for yourself and your family. Join us by uploading a photo using #AmistadReads2021

Henry's Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad 

A stirring, dramatic story of an enslaved child who mails himself to freedom by a Jane Addams Peace Award-winning author and a Coretta Scott King Award-winning artist. 

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The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming Our Communities Through Mindfulness

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In a society where unconscious bias, microaggressions, institutionalized racism, and systemic injustices are so deeply ingrained, healing is an ongoing process. When conflict and division are everyday realities, our instincts tell us to close ranks, to find the safety of those like us, and to blame others. This book profoundly shows that in order to have the difficult conversations required for working toward racial justice, inner work is essential.

Trombone Shorty

Trombone Shorty 

Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest. Along with esteemed illustrator Bryan Collier, Andrews has created a lively picture book autobiography about how he followed his dream of becoming a musician, despite the odds, until he reached international stardom. Trombone Shorty is a celebration of the rich cultural history of New Orleans and the power of music.

Made possible through the generous support of The Hartford  

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