Welcome to our first IMPACT Bay Area book club! Join us as we read Know My Name: A Memoir, written by Chanel Miller. In this book, Chanel describes her experience as a sexual assault survivor in the legal system and her trauma healing journey. Together, we will reflect on her vulnerability, strength, and heartbreak to honor her story.
Starting today, we will share a new post over the next few weeks on our Full Force blog. Posts will highlight different themes from the book as well as reflection questions to inspire thought and conversation. Engage by sharing your insights directly into the comments section of the blog post. To support a dynamic and empowering book club, we ask that you 1) be respectful of other people's opinions and 2) set a boundary when needed. We will close our book club the week of February 17th with a virtual meet up where we can each share our final thoughts.
To start our book club, please share:
1. What is your connection to IMPACT Bay Area?
2. What inspired you to read this book?
My name is Jessica and I took my first IMPACT Basics class in November 2016. This experience taught me that I am physically strong, capable of setting boundaries, and that my voice is powerful. Inspired by this feeling, I've been volunteering on IMPACT's board of directors ever since. When determining which book to choose for our first book club, we immediately thought of Chanel Miller. We wanted to celebrate her courageous act of coming forward with her name and story. Before reading her book, my only impression of Chanel was from the media. To me, she demonstrated vulnerability, grace, and strength. She was so relatable. She could be anyone - a cousin, friend, or even me. Once I started the book, I realized that I didn't know anything about her. Now I know that she is artistic, creative, brave, strong willed, and deeply self aware. While it is sometimes hard to hear about what happened to her, I feel like I owe it to her to continue on. We owe it to her to listen.
I'm excited to hear from you what inspired you to read this book. Please share your thoughts in the comments below!