George School Announces One Book Program

“We chose this book to reflect our heightened sensitivity to the need for anti-racism work in our country,” said Edna Valdepenas, English teacher and director of diversity and inclusion.

This summer members of the George School community will read Between the World and Me, a book that contains a series of essays written by Ta-Nehisi Coates as letters to his son.

“From his passionate and deliberate breakdown of the concept of race itself to the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement, Coates powerfully sums up the terrible history of the subjugation of black people in the United States,” states Shelley Diaz, School Library Journal. “This stunning, National Book Award-winning memoir should be required reading for high school students and adults alike.”

“We chose this book to reflect our heightened sensitivity to the need for anti-racism work in our country,” said Edna Valdepenas, English teacher and director of diversity and inclusion.

Members of the George School community—students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends—are encouraged to participate by reading the book, engaging with other readers on social media, exploring related material, and attending an on-campus event in the fall.

The concept of One Book, or community-wide reading programs, began in 1998 at the Washington Center for the Book to promote the value of reading a compelling book that links the community in a common conversation.

“This program is a wonderful opportunity to bring our community together through a shared reading experience. It is certain to enrich the lives of those who participate,” said Edna.