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About the President’s Book Club

The President’s Book Club was founded in 2020 by President Colette Pierce Burnette in partnership with the Downs-Jones Library. Its goal is to bring the Huston-Tillotson community together by creating common ground and shared experiences, and to promote a love of reading by introducing participants to books that encourage and inspire. Participation is free and open to all members and friends of the Huston-Tillotson University community.


Who Can Join

The President’s Book Club is open to all Huston-Tillotson University students, faculty, staff, and alumni, and friends of Huston-Tillotson University. Email the Downs-Jones Library at for more information.


Our Books

In 2021-2022, the President’s Book Club became the President’s Reading List! Check out our OverDrive collection of eBooks and audiobooks to read any of these recommended titles. Log in with your HT username (no, and click “Set/Reset Password” if you haven’t used the library’s resources before.


About the Books


Cover for the book Black Buck. Black Buck (Mateo Askaripour)

“…a crackling, satirical debut novel about a young man given a shot at stardom as the lone Black salesman at a mysterious, cult-like, and wildly successful startup where nothing is as it seems.” (eBook and audiobook available)

Cover of the book You Are Your Best Thing. You Are Your Best Thing (Tarana Burke and Brené Brown, editors)

“…stark, potent collection of essays on black shame and healing. Along with the anthology contributors, they create a space to recognize and process the trauma of white supremacy, a space to be vulnerable and affirm the fullness of black love and black life.” (eBook and audiobook available)

Cover of the book The City We Became The City We Became (N.K. Jemisin)

“Every great city has a soul. Some are as ancient as myths, and others are as new and destructive as children. New York? She’s got six.” (eBook and audiobook available)

Cover of the book Just As I Am Just As I Am (Cicely Tyson)

“…is my truth. It is me, plain and unvarnished, with the glitter and garland set aside. Here, I am indeed Cicely, the actress who has been blessed to grace the stage and screen for six decades…And here in my ninth decade, I am a woman who, at long last, has something meaningful to say.” (eBook and audiobook available)

Cover of the book Find Where the Wind Goes Find Where the Wind Goes (Dr. Mae Jemison) 

“Mae Jemison is the first African American woman to travel to space. She’s also a medical doctor who once joined the Peace Corps. And a trained dancer, too! Experience all the exciting moments in Dr. Jemison’s thrilling life in this exciting biography, packed with two-color illustrations and fun facts.” (eBook available)

Cover of the book Conjure Women Conjure Women (Afia Atakora)

“A mother and a daughter with a shared talent for healing – and for the conjuring of curses – are at the heart of this dazzling first novel.” (eBook and audiobook available)

Cover of the book The Other Black Girl The Other Black Girl (Zakiya Delila Harris)

“Urgent, propulsive, and sharp as a knife, The Other Black Girl is an electric debut about the tension that unfurls when two young Black women meet against the starkly white backdrop of New York City book publishing.” (eBook and audiobook available)

Cover of the book The Energy Bus The Energy Bus (Jon Gordon)

The Energy Bus provides a powerful road map to overcome common life and work obstacles and bring out the best in yourself and your team. When you get on the energy bus, you’ll enjoy the ride of your life!” (eBook and audiobook available)

Is the book you want to read already checked out in OverDrive? Place a hold to get it next and you’ll get an email when your book is ready!


Past Books

In 2020-2021, we read More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) by Elaine Welteroth


Cover of the book "More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)" by Elaine Welteroth, shows a woman looking up and smiling on a teal blue background. About More Than EnoughPart-manifesto, part-memoir, from the revolutionary editor who infused social consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue, an exploration of what it means to come into your own—on your own terms

Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. In this riveting and timely memoir, the groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the unstoppable child of an unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers.
Welteroth moves beyond the headlines and highlight reels to share the profound lessons and struggles of being a barrier-breaker across so many intersections. As a young boss and often the only Black woman in the room, she’s had enough of the world telling her—and all women—they’re not enough. As she learns to rely on herself by looking both inward and upward, we’re ultimately reminded that we’re more than enough.

  • New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of the 2020 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography
Portrait of Elaine Welteroth, an African American woman with big curly hair, wearing a golden tan jacket and smiling. About Elaine WelterothElaine Welteroth is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, producer, and former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. In 2017, Welteroth broke new ground as the youngest person and the second African-American to ever hold this title at a Condé Nast publication. She has been credited for reinventing the magazine as the go-to source for socially conscious young people.

Prior to Teen Vogue, she held senior editorial positions at Glamour and Ebony. Her writing appears in The New York TimesBritish Vogue, and The Hollywood Reporter. She has written for the hit show Grown-ish and has appeared on-camera for a range of media outlets including ABC News, Netflix, and Bravo’s new Project Runway where she appears as a judge. She has also taken on the role of cultural ambassador for Michelle Obama’s organization When We All Vote, a non-partisan voting initiative that aims to increase voter turnout, particularly among young people, women, and people of color. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband.


Past Book Club Meeting Dates

November 12, 2020, at 4 PM Central Time (discussing Chapters 1-11)

March 4, 2021, at 4 PM Central Time (discussing Chapters 12-24)


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