Common Reading


The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice by Scott Ellsworth has been selected as UNC Charlotte’s Common Reading Experience text for fall 2022:

“Over the course of less than twenty-four hours in the spring of 1921, Tulsa’s infamous “Black Wall Street” was wiped off the map—and erased from the history books. Official records were disappeared, researchers were threatened, and the worst single incident of racial violence in American history was kept hidden for more than fifty years. But there were some secrets that would not die.

A riveting and essential new book, The Ground Breaking not only tells the long-suppressed story of the notorious Tulsa race massacre. It also unearths the lost history of how the massacre was covered up, and of the courageous individuals who fought to keep the story alive. Most important, it recounts the ongoing archeological saga and the search for the unmarked graves of the victims of the massacre, and of the fight to win restitution for the survivors and their families.” (source: Penguin Random House)                          

Scott Ellsworth will speak to the UNC Charlotte community on Thursday, October 13 in Student Union 340. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. Ellsworth teaches in the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan. We hope you can join us!

Former Common Reading Selections

2021 The 57 Bus, by Dashka Slater
2020  The 57 Bus, by Dashka Slater
2019 Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dreamby Joshua Davis
2018 Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
2017 The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez
2016 Find Me Unafraid, by Kennedy Odede and Jessica Posner
2015 The Postmortal, by Drew Magary
2014 The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers
2013 Wine to Water: A Bartender’s Quest to Bring Clean Water to the World, by Doc Hendley
2012 Outcasts United: An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference, by Warren St. John
2011 How Does It Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America, by Moustafa Bayoumi
2010 The Blue Sweater, by Jacqueline Novogratz
2009 Listening is an Act of Love, by Dave Isay
2008 Enrique's Journey, by Sonia Nazario
2007 The Color of Water, by James McBride