“Rosa Parks inspired us to get in trouble. And I’ve been getting in trouble ever since. She inspired us to find a way, to get in the way, to get in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble.” Over the years John Lewis was able to meet and work with Rosa Parks who taught him about the philosophy and discipline of non-violence. “She kept on saying to each one of us, you too can do something,” he said. “And for people if you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, do something. We cannot afford to be quiet.” - John Lewis -
We are a book group with a mission
The Good Trouble Book Group, a.k.a. Monarchs 70 Book Group, is dedicated to dissecting the layers of racism within our culture and within ourselves. This group was started by alumni who attended Morningside High School in Inglewood, California during the late sixties and early seventies. Our intent is to share the diversity and richness of our individual cultural experiences while exposing the toxic belief system that has embedded itself into our psyche. Our goal is to become anti-racist which means to fight racism wherever we find it, whether it be in the system, in others, or in ourselves.
Our group seeks to use the power of books to both entertain and educate, while also challenging conventional perspectives on complex and challenging issues facing marginalized groups today here in our group, in our communities and nationwide. We hope to find variations of love and friendship, self exploration, family interaction dynamics and cultural diversity to guide us to a deeper understanding.
Finally, we hope to create the desire to support each other through choosing social actions that will support significant cultural shift within our communities. As a nation, white America has benefitted enormously from the black communities and their contributions and sacrifices through history. And now those debts that are overdue need to be repaid with each individual's efforts. We can make our small contributions by not only reading but attending (when possible) lectures, protests, film festivals as well as maintaining vigilance and contact with legislators.