Chair's Book Club

FOR MEMBERS Chair's Book Club

What We’re Reading:
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

For its third selection, SECF’s Chair’s Book Club has chosen Angie Thomas’ powerful and acclaimed bestselling novel, The Hate U Give.


How to participate:

First, join the Chair’s Book Club. From there, you choose how to engage – read the book, join a discussion group, attend events. Take part in one activity or join us for all!


1) Read the book.

2) Join a discussion and share your thoughts.

We’ve started a private group on Goodreads so members can discuss the book with each other, ask questions, and share their thoughts on topics and themes from the work. New to Goodreads? Visit Goodreads online to get started and create an account. To join the SECF discussion, go to our Chair’s Book Club page on Goodreads.

Zoom – offers a free Basic Plan with a 40-minute time limit on video conferences with three or more participants. The free plan includes most features and can accommodate up to 100 participants in a meeting.
Skype – the Meet Now option lets you start a chat or meeting without having to sign up for an account or download the app to your desktop. Users will need to download the Skype app to use the service on their phone. Allows for up to 50 people with no time limit.
FaceTime – if everyone in your group is on Apple devices, you can start a Group FaceTime from the FaceTime app or from a group conversation in the Messages app and add up to 32 people. See this link for more information and instructions.
Google Meet – formerly Hangouts Meet, this tool is now being rolled out to all Google users. Google is providing unlimited meeting time through September 30, 2020, and you can host up to 100 participants. Hosts and participants must have a Google account.
Slack – provides a free option for small groups to create an online discussion forum with messaging. Video conferencing is available for 1:1 calls, but not groups. Best for ongoing or asynchronous discussions between group calls.

3) Attend upcoming programs.

As a Chair’s Book Club participant, you’ll have the opportunity to read The Hate U Give while sharing the experience with other SECF members through events addressing the topics in the book, as well as online discussions. Stay tuned for upcoming events!

About the Book:

Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give tells the story of Starr Carter, a 16-year-old girl who moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the suburban prep school she attends. That uneasy balance is shattered when Starr’s childhood best friend, Khalil, is fatally shot by a police officer, even though he was unarmed.


As Kahlil’s death becomes a national story, sparking protests, Starr and her family become the targets of intimidation by police and a local drug lord. What she says – or does not say – about Kahlil’s death could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

About the Author:

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi as indicated by her accent. She is a former teen rapper whose greatest accomplishment was an article about her in Right-On Magazine with a picture included. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing from Belhaven University and an unofficial degree in Hip Hop. She can also still rap if needed. She is an inaugural winner of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. Her award-winning, acclaimed debut novel, The Hate U Give, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and major motion picture from Fox 2000, starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. Her second novel, On the Come Up, is on sale now.

Current Selections

 · The Hate U Give: Discussion Questions
 · The Hate U Give: Discussion Guide


Past Selections

 · The Color of Law: Discussion Questions
 · The Color of Law: Discussion Guide & Additional Resources

 · The Sun Does Shine: Discussion Questions
 · The Sun Does Shine: Discussion Guide & Additional Resources

View our webinars from Past Selections in our Archived Programs.

If you have questions about the Chair's Book Club, please contact Stephen Sherman, Director of Research & Data, at or (404) 524-0911.


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