Virtual Book Club: Me and White Supremacy – Session 1

Session 1: 6:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, July 23, 2020
Session 2: 6:30 p.m. EDT Thursday, August 6, 2020
Virtual Book Club: Me and White Supremacy 

Free on Zoom

The next phase of AANM’s Virtual Book Club will bring community together for timely and crucial discussions about white supremacy and racism within each of ourselves and within the Arab American community*. AANM Artists-in-Residence Kamelya Omayma Youssef and Mariam Bazeed will help guide participants through exercises from the book, Me and White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad, and engage in dialogue. 

*All are encouraged to take part in this work, but for this program we especially welcome Arab Americans who are new to these conversations, including youth ages 15+ and their parents, grandparents, and other trusted friends, family and community members. 

Dialogues will take place in two sessions on Zoom, on Thursday, July 23, and Thursday, Aug. 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. EDT. In order to allow for productive discussion and full engagement, space is limited.



Please note that the discussion and group entry is free, but books are for sale. Due to high demand, please be sure to order your book as soon as possible


When Layla Saad ran a free month-long Instagram challenge during the summer of 2018, she had no idea it would become an international cultural movement. Thousands of people from around the world were galvanized by the #meandwhitesupremacy challenge, examining and owning responsibility for the ways in which they uphold white supremacy. Over 80,000 people downloaded her guide to the movement, Me and White Supremacy Workbook in the space of just six months. And now, that guide is a published book. Me and White Supremacy leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on Black, Indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. The book goes beyond the original workbook by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and includes expanded definitions, examples, and further resources. 

Layla Saad is a globally respected writer, speaker and podcast host on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation and social change. As an East African, Arab, British, Black, Muslim woman who was born and grew up in the West, and lives in Middle East, she has always sat at a unique intersection of identities from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives. Saad’s work is driven by her powerful desire to ‘become a good ancestor’; to live and work in ways that leave a legacy of healing and liberation for those who will come after she is gone. She earned her Bachelor of Law degree from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. She lives in Doha, Qatar with her husband, Sam, and two children, Maya and Mohamed. Learn more at 


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  • July 23, 2020 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • 6:30 pm