This is a bittersweet time to be reading Senator Cory Booker's somewhat triumphalist memoir, United, when the US seems more fragmented and divided than ever before, especially around issues of race. Is there really any common ground between say, Trump supporters and the Movement for Black Lives? Has Booker's tenure as a Newark city councilman and then mayor made a significant difference in the lives of the public housing residents he describes so movingly? And what is the role of elected officials in solving entrenched urban nightmares of poverty, drugs and violence? Click below to see Senator Booker respond to these very questions on the Steven Colbert show.
We will be meeting tomorrow night, Tuesday October 25th at our new location, The Gibbs -Morrison Cultural Center , at 1823 Church Street in Evanston (just east of Church and Dodge). There is street parking, and you can also park in the ETHS parking lot. I will be bringing copies of our November 15th book, Grant Park, by Leonard Pitts.