Reflect, Write, Act
A journal with a year's worth of reflection and ways to empower yourself to become a better advocate, based on Courageous Discomfort, a book that asks and answers twenty common, uncomfortable-but-critical questions about racism.
In these pages, authors (and best friends) Shanterra McBride, who is Black, and Rosalind Wiseman, who is white, discuss their own friendship and tap into their decades of anti-racism work to provide a year's worth of journaling prompts and space to reflect on your journey. The authors provide personal stories, invitations to think more deeply on one engaging theme each week, and lists of action items to take your anti-racism work further.
TIMELY BUT PERENNIAL TOPIC: Social justice is a longstanding, perennial issue but has entered the vanguard of national discourse in recent years. For anyone hungry for resources related to being an advocate for diversity and inclusion, Reflect, Write, Act provides an accessible, empowering place to cultivate growth and learning.
ACCESSIBLE APPROACH: With accessible writing, an organizing principle that invites you into the conversation, and a lovely package, Reflect, Write, Act is user-friendly and can even be given as a helpful gift to friends, relatives, and recent grads.
BLACK AUTHOR + WHITE AUTHOR: Written by a Black and white author pair who have both published books before, this journal is authentic and credible, but approachable. The authors' tone and the organization of the journal makes it feel as if you are part of their candid conversation on race, with someone asking all the uncomfortable, awkward questions that you have asked yourself or your friends are too scared to ask of you.
GREAT FOR BOOK CLUBS: Paired with the book Courageous Discomfort, the journal is primed for bringing to book clubs. The organization lends itself perfectly to discussion-clubs can follow along together each week, review the thought prompts, and share personal experiences for an enlightening, educational, and productive conversation.
Perfect for: • Ages 16+ who want to have better, more productive conversations around race and racial issues
• White people who want to be better allies
• Anyone who is focused on social justice, particularly millennials and members of Gen Z
• Book club participants seeking diverse voices and prompts for conversations about self-awareness and self-improvement
• Graduation gift shoppers
• People who read books like White Fragility, Caste, and How to Be an Antiracist
Shanterra McBride is a Texas-based author, preacher, speaker, and teacher. She is the founder of Marvelous University, a social enterprise that offers life coaching and success planning for young people, specializing in leadership development for girls and young women. Shanterra was awarded the Profiles in Leadership Award from SMU for having made a significant impact on the city of Dallas and on the quality of life of girls and women all over the country. She is the author of Love Your Jiggle: The Girl's Guide to Being Marvelous, an inspirational book for girls ages 11 to 17. Shanterra is also an active member of the country's oldest historically Black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha.
Rosalind Wiseman is a Colorado-based speaker and bestselling author, perhaps best known for Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, the basis for the hit movie and Broadway musical Mean Girls . She has authored several other parenting books, including Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World and The Distance Learning Playbook for Parents: How to Support Your Child's Academic, Emotional, and Social Learning in Any Setting, and the Owning Up Curriculum. Rosalind is a regular contributor to National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Today Show, and other national media.