Announcing COMmon Read!

By sfrye
August 22nd, 2022 - 5:47pm

COMmon Read is returning in August 2022!

College of Marin Library and Umoja are partnering for a year-long anti-racism, anti-censorship festival focused on The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story. The library is purchasing copies of the book to be used by faculty to teach and to be given out freely to students across the college.

As legislators across the country attempt to ban this book (Texas and Florida have already banned it), Umoja and the library encourage everyone at College of Marin to read it in part to consider the argument it contains and in part as an act of resistance. To find out more about legislation aimed at banning the book in Alaska, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina: PEN America: Index of Educational Gag Orders. 

Who: You and everyone at COM! 

What: COM's shared reading program featuring The 1619 Project: A New Orign Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones

Where: All over both campuses and the community. Stay tuned for related events. 

When: August 2022 - May 2023.  

Why this book? Why now? Our democracy is in critical danger due to hate and disinformation. Everyone at COM is invited to take action this year. We are asking you to think about the history of the United States, and specifically about the role that slavery and anti-black hatred have played in our history. Also: 

  • To celebrate the struggle for democracy over authoritarianism 
  • To enjoy being together as a college – students, faculty, staff and administration 
  • To engage in discussions across disciplines, generations, and political viewpoints 
  • To study the American past and present

Learn more about COMmon Read and find copies of the books, online or in print!  




Umoja and COM Library