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Event Series Event Series: Summer Book Group: Sarah’s Long Walk

Summer Book Group: Sarah’s Long Walk

  • Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
  • Time: 7:00pm8:15pm EDT
  • Location: Zoom (Information in Description)


Wednesdays, July 7 – August 18

7:00 – 8:15 p.m., via Zoom


The Christian Formation Committee invites you to a summer book group. Join Hilary Hopkins in reading and discussing, in leisurely fashion, Sarah’s Long Walk: The Free Blacks of Boston and How Their Struggle for Equality Changed America by father and son Stephen and Paul Kendrick. This lively, absorbing, and elegantly-written book is the story of school desegregation in Boston’s early days. In 1847, Sarah, a Black five-year-old girl, was forced to walk past five white schools to get to her ramshackle Black school; her father sued the city of Boston. The legal struggle that followed culminated in 1954 with the historic decision Brown v. Board of Education.

We will read several chapters a week and then meet for an hour or so to discuss what we learned and our reactions, thus working our way through this fine book in six meetings. Feel free to eat supper and/or enjoy a beverage during our meetings!

To register for the group or for more information, please contact Hilary Hopkins at

NOTE: the book can be purchased used on Amazon or from other booksellers.

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