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THE BROWN SUGAR BOOK CLUB
The BSBC is a sisterhood of women that read books primarily by African American authors to gain insight into our personal issues, and to participate in community activities that support literacy.
The Brown Sugar Book Club was founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan in April 2001. At which time, the book club consisted of 15 women. However, due to many factors, the book club was put on pause and restarted in June 2002 as Brown Sugar Book Club. The book club emerged with seven women. Meetings were most often held in our homes with a potluck meal, sharing time, review of the book and a discussion of coming events. Each member rates the book and a summary of the book with brief member comments are maintained. Members pay monthly dues that support book club activities. BSBC also takes a lot of pride in having BSBC T-shirts, book bags, pins, stationery, pens, business cards and signage.
In 2005 the BSBC began to formalize. This included a mission statement, book reading guidelines, book history, officer job descriptions, by-laws, summary of books read. Emphasis was put on the selection of members that “fit” to create a sisterhood. Through the reading of the books we share a lot of personal information and support each other in our sisterhood. For this reason all members must agree on new members due to personal issues being discussed. For the same reason our membership numbers are kept low.
In 2007 the BSBC became more involved in community projects and eventually included this involvement in our mission statement. Our history includes traveling to see authors, viewing movies of book titles read, community projects that support literacy, and supporting members in personal and professional interest. In 2011 we began meeting with The Saturday’s Eve and Mavens book clubs to review books. BSBC also has a history of participating in activities presented by the Portage and Kalamazoo Libraries. A close relationship is maintained with Kazoo Books in the form of purchasing books for events, utilizing space for meetings and supporting their events.