The Harvest – Reading Circles

Boston-busing-photo-4The neighborhood-based reading and discussion programs, called Reading Circles, will meet two or three times during the weeks leading up to the main event on November 1st. Participants will read the resource material in advance of the meeting and come together for a facilitated discussion.

The meeting schedules for the Reading Circles will be determined by the host organizations.

Scheduled Reading Circles

Anyone interested in participating in a Reading Circle contact the host organization directly.

Find a Reading Circle

Organize a Reading Circle

Organizations and individuals may organize their own Reading Circle. Mass Humanities can provide small stipends to an approved discussion facilitator for up to three sessions. We can also help with publicity. To inquire about these options, submit a request to host a reading circle.

Request to Host

Our Reading Circle Organizer

Fran Smith

Fran Smith

An Italian-American woman with a slight Boston accent, Fran Smith has a straightforward affect befitting a lifelong racial justice organizer. She began her work as a pro school desegregation student organizer in the 70’s. Decades after beginning her career, Fran is just as committed. In conversation, Fran offers examples of the moral imperative to dismantle systemic racism from sources as varied as Langston Hughes and the Founding Fathers. She attributes her personal and professional strengths to her work at Community Change, Inc., one of the founding Reading Frederick Douglass partners. “I grew up around their table as far as my awareness of these issues and my personal role in them.”

Contact Fran Smith @ or (617) 704-0019