Virtual Book Club


The Roots of Knowledge Empowerment Institute (ROKEI) virtual book club is designed to offer students the opportunity to gather and engage literature featuring Black authors and characters in the same way that our summer institute has for the last five years.

With the realities of Safer at Home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we thought it would be safer to utilize the virtual platforms available to continue to provide programming.



We will take six weeks at a time to complete our selected texts. One day each week, there will be a Zoom gathering to discuss broad themes for the week’s reading and perhaps videos or essays complimentary to the texts featuring the author. 

We will also use the Zoom sessions for smaller breakout group work, lead by our teaching assistants, so that the students have a chance to voice their thoughts and get to know one another better.


The 2021 Summer Reading Club selections are as follows:

Elementary Cohort – “Zoe in Wonderland” and “Case of the Haunted Museum”

Middle School Cohort – “The Voting Booth’ and “War Girls”

High School Cohort – “Americanah” and “Born a Crime”

Families will be responsible for purchasing the texts on their own through booksellers. Please let us know if you run into problems securing texts.



The club is open to rising 3rd graders through 12th graders. The six-week program fee is $200. Financial assistance is available. Inquiries should be using the form here.


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