Saturday Spot: Between The World And Me – Victory Forest Community Center

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It’s Saturday and cold, nothing like a book and a special Fort Worth spot to warm up!

Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is a remarkable document of authentic reflection. In the second half, Coates talks about the impact of becoming a father. The realization that his life and his decisions not only impact himself but the future of his son.

Becoming a father or parent does not mean you have everything figured out. As Coates provides different life experiences, he continues to acknowledge how he is growing as a parent and a person. The willingness to share his mistakes and growth provide an insight many in day to day life are not willing to share. The transparency contained in the text is essential to help prepare his son for being in the world today. A genuine education is bestowed, and one wonders what would happen if we were willing to be this honest in the American classroom as we learn about the mistakes and growth throughout our history.

Saturday Spot © Fort Worth Reader 2019

Saturday Spot © Fort Worth Reader 2019

 

Victory Forest Community Center is located on Hemphill Street just north of Biddison Street in South Fort Worth. The community center celebrated its grand opening on March 3rd, 2018. As you drive up, you are greeted with a beautiful array of colors. The friendly and helpful staff at Victory Forest are eager to make you feel right at home. This community center truly has it all with a variety of outdoor and indoor spaces and activities for all ages. Most importantly, Victory Forest is a great place to read! There are so many options inside and outside to sit in a comfy chair or bench and enjoy your latest book.

Saturday Spot © Fort Worth Reader 2019

 

Saturday Spot © Fort Worth Reader 2019

 

Membership to all of Fort Worth’s 21 community centers only costs $30 for an entire year ($15 for seniors and $75 for a family with five members-$10 for each additional family member). Victory Forest includes a fitness center that has additional membership dues to have access. With your community center membership, you can participate in programs and access the facility’s open play activities. If you are not a member, you can still bring along your book and enjoy the seating in the main lobby to escape the cold or heat outside.

 

Saturday Spot © Fort Worth Reader 2019

Saturday Spot © Fort Worth Reader 2019

 

Thousands of families enjoy Fort Worth Community Centers. It is easy to forget how fortunate we are to have so many options to gather as a community. We encourage you to bring a book and check out the Victory Forest Community Center!

Saturday Spot © Fort Worth Reader 2019

Saturday Spot © Fort Worth Reader 2019

 

As Coates travels abroad for the first time and experiences another country, he realizes the American experience is not the only experience. History throughout the world is as varied as the people that live in it. With the recognition of these differences, it becomes apparent that we still all share a common humanity.

In other words, I was part of a world. And looking out, I had friends who too were part of other worlds—the world of Jews or New Yorkers, the world of Southerners or gay men, of immigrants, of Californians, of Native Americans, or a combination of any of these, worlds stitched into worlds like tapestry. And though I could never, myself, be a native of any of these worlds, I knew that nothing so essentialist as race stood between us. I had read too much by then.

Our inherent tribalism is always eager to show itself in our daily life. Our racial identity is a big category, but we see it in much more trivial things too. The sports teams we root for, the schools we attend, what part of a city, state, or country we live. Our favorite colors, fashion, or entertainment are used to identify with our “tribe.” There is no way of avoiding this as everyone seeks to find belonging in their respective community. We have differences, and it is important to celebrate our different cultures, unique skills, talents, and ideas so we can all benefit. How do we acknowledge and celebrate our differences but also recognize that we are all a part of the human race? This conundrum continuities to mystify us as we inflict harm and generate fear for being an “other.” There is hope the more we learn about each other, the less we have to fear. Let us aspire to a greater future for all of humanity. Let us each lead in our own efforts to build community. Together we can accomplish anything.

Reading is transformative! Experience and Share the Love for Reading!

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