Breathe: A Letter to My Sons Book Discussion

There will be a book discussion of the UUA’s Common Read for 2020-21 starting May 3rd. There will be three weekly sessions.
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A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. The UUA Common Read can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations.
The UUA has chosen Breathe: A Letter to My Sons by Imani Perry (Beacon Press, 2019) as the 2020-21 Common Read.
Emotionally raw and deeply reflective, Perry’s book challenges society to recognize Black children as deserving of humanity. She shares her fear and frustration for her African American sons in an increasingly racist atmosphere in which white people at times seem irredeemable. However, as a mother, feminist, writer, and intellectual, Perry offers an unfettered expression of love—finding beauty and possibility in life. She exhorts her children and their peers to find the courage to chart their own paths and find grounding and inspiration in Black tradition. The New York Times calls Breathe “an elixir of history, ancestry and compassion, which, together, become instruction…a parent’s unflinching demand, born of inherited trauma and love, for her children’s right simply to be possible.”
Breathe offers a broad meditation on race, gender, and the meaning of a life well lived as well as an unforgettable lesson in Black resistance and resilience.
This moment in time calls for a historic national reckoning with what it means to live as a Black or Brown American. Since our country’s founding, systems of institutional racism have been operating to control, traumatize, and oppress people of color. As our President, Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, has written, “It matters that we support the uprisings whose goal is the liberation of Black people and communities who for too long have been crushed by white supremacy, militarism, and capitalism. We must find the sources within ourselves to give us courage in this moment.” The selection of Breathe as the 2020-21 Common Read aims to nurture this necessary courage.
The book can be purchased from the inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop You can also order it from The Bottom,, a Black owned local independent bookstore, and Union Ave Books
Please email Mark Mohundro at with any questions