This book club is not like any other book club. Social Justice Lit is a weekly interactive literary movement program where we collaboratively hand-pick an appropriate social justice book geared towards young girls to teens. We specifically choose books written by Indigenous or Latinx Authors that bring awareness to the myths or stereotypes of BIPOC communities. Social Justice Lit is recommended for girls ages 8-15. This program is our newest creation and it emerged from the remote circumstances we faced during COVID-19.
We carefully select books that highlight our culture, resilience, historical contributions, and identity through a social justice lens. Together we explore different themes pertaining to the selected book. Our girls participate in socratic discussions in a variety of groups, to bring forth critical thinking and to question norms and patterns of systematic oppression through collaborative dialogue.
Social Justice Lit will open a window to connect with the past. This opens new possibilities to choose for themselves, on how they can contribute to their communities, society and eventually the world! Nonetheless, Social Justice Lit was created to highlight the power in literacy not just at an educational level, but at an emotional level to become self-empowered, community-minded change-makers.
We supplement historic points of reference through videos, music and art. In addition to this, the girls are provided with materials so they can independently engage in activities and crafts that align with the theme of the book. In the past our girls have made arpilleras and zines.