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Three Forths


by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi

Book Study:

2020 Global Read Aloud


The 2020 Global Read Aloud book is a timely, crucial, and empowering exploration of racism - and antiracism - in America.

This is NOT a history book.  This is a book about the here and now.


A book to help us better understand why we are where we are.  A book about race.

The construct of race has always been used to gain and keep power, to create dynamics that separate and silence. This remarkable reimagining of Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning reveals the history of racist ideas in America, and inspires hope for an antiracist future. It takes you on a race journey from then to now, shows you why we feel how we feel, and why the poison of racism lingers. It also proves that while racist ideas have always been easy to fabricate and distribute, they can also be discredited.

Through a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative written by beloved award-winner Jason Reynolds, this book shines a light on the many insidious forms of racist ideas--and on ways readers can identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their daily lives.



  • LINK - interviews

SECTION 1: 1415-1728

  • Ch. 1 - "The Story of the World's First Racist"

  • Ch. 2 - "Puritan Power"

  • Ch. 3 - "A Different Adam"

  • Ch. 4 - "A Racist Wunderkind"

SECTION 2: 1743-1826

  • Ch. 5 - "Proof in the Poetry"

  • Ch. 6 - "Time Out"

  • Ch. 7 - "Time In"

  • Ch. 8 - "Jefferson's Notes"

  • Ch. 9 - "Uplift Suasion"

  • Ch. 10 - "The Great Contradictor"

SECTION 3: 1826-1879

  • Ch. 11 - "Mass Communication for Mass Emancipation"

  • Ch. 12 - "Uncle Tom"

  • Ch. 13 - "Complicated Abe"

  • Ch. 14 - "Garrison's Last Stand"

SECTION 4: 1868-1963

  • Ch. 15 - "Battle of the Black Brains"

  • Ch. 16 - "Jack Johnson vs. Tarzan"

  • Ch. 17 - "Birth of a Nation (and a New Nuisance)"

  • Ch. 18 - "The Mission Is in the Name"

  • Ch. 19 - "Can't Sing and Dance and Write It Away"

  • Ch. 20 - "Home Is Where the Hatred Is"


  • Ch. 21 - "When Death Comes"

  • Ch. 22 - "Black Power"

  • Ch. 23 - "Murder Was the Case"

  • Ch. 24 - "What War on Drugs?"

  • Ch. 25 - "The Soundtrack of Sorrow and Subversion"

  • Ch. 26 - "A Million Strong"

  • Ch. 27 - "A Bill Too Many"

  • Ch. 28 - "A Miracle and Still a Maybe"



About Mr. Armstrong

This will be my twelfth year teaching English Language Arts and my fourth working at Carthage High School, which I graduated from in 2005. I love being back in my hometown helping our sophomores find an appreciation for reading and writing while challenging them to discover and develop the value, depth, and power of their own voices. Hopefully this will be a year of daring greatly and learning bravely.