Running While Black In-Person Book Discussion

Date: April 7, 2024
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm
PH Ferris Library

Trinity Church is honored to host athlete, author, and activist Alison Mariella Désir April 12-14 for the Anne Berry Bonnyman Symposium weekend.

Alison Mariella Désir is the author of Running While Black: Finding Freedom in a Sport that Wasn’t Built for Us. The Symposium, in partnership with Trinity Boston Connects (TBC), will celebrate the Joy of Running, Belonging, and Community in the context of addressing systemic racism and building supportive, inclusive, and equitable communities. 

Trinity will also welcome the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, an accomplished long-distance runner and bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis.

We have an inspiring schedule pertinent to both runners and nonrunners alike: 

  • Tuesday, April 2, 6:30-8 pm: Running While Black book discussion on Zoom 
  • Sunday, April 7: 12:30-2 pm: Running While Black book discussion in the Ferris Library at Trinity Church
  • Friday, April 12, 4-6 pm: Youth-Focused Read & Run. Alison Mariella Désir will read from her book and answer questions, then lead a short run/walk followed by pizza at Trinity. Come with your sneakers on ready to run/walk this gentle 1.4 mile out-and-back route that takes roughly 25 minutes. Download the mini-poster PDF for the Read & Run here.
  • Saturday, April 13, 11 am-2 pm: Bonnyman Symposium with presentation by Alison Mariella Désir, lunch, and panel discussion with Alison and Bishop Jennifer moderated by the Very Rev. Dr. Michael Battle. Other special guests to be confirmed.
  • Sunday, April 14: 11:15 am Special Forum with Alison Mariella Désir, Bishop Jennifer, and Dr. Michael Battle


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