Kimberly Jones - "How We Can Win"

Saturday, June 25, 2022 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Kimberly Jones

Kimberly Jones will discuss her new book: How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That's Rigged. She will be joined in conversation by Tanji Harper.

This is an in-person event at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore.


About the book: A breakdown of the economic and social injustices facing Black people and other marginalized citizens inspired by political activist Kimberly Jones' viral video, “How Can We Win.”

“So if I played four hundred rounds of Monopoly with you and I had to play and give you every dime that I made, and then for fifty years, every time that I played, if you didn't like what I did, you got to burn it like they did in Tulsa and like they did in Rosewood, how can you win? How can you win?"

When Kimberly Jones declared these words amid the protests spurred by the murder of George Floyd, she gave a history lesson that in just over six minutes captured the economic struggles of Black people in America. Within days the video had been viewed by millions of people around the world, riveted by Jones’s damning—and stunningly succinct—analysis of the enduring disparities Black Americans face.

In How We Can Win, Jones delves into the impacts of systemic racism and reveals how her formative years in Chicago gave birth to a lifelong devotion to justice. Here, in a vital expansion of her declaration, she calls for Reconstruction 2.0, a multilayered plan to reclaim economic and social restitutions—those restitutions promised with emancipation but blocked, again and again, for more than 150 years. And, most of all, Jones delivers strategies for how we can effect change as citizens and allies while nurturing ourselves—the most valuable asset we have—in the fight against a system that is still rigged.

About the author: Kimberly Jones is an activist, former bookseller and current host of the Well-Read Black Girl book club’s Atlanta chapter. She has directed feature films and cutting-edge diverse web series and has an overall deal with Warner Bros. Pictures. Jones is also co-author of the bestselling YA novels I'm Not Dying with You Tonight and Why We Fly.

About the interlocutor: Tanji Harper is a Chicago Native and is proud to be from and still residing on the south side of the city. Ms. Harper was technically trained by the Joseph Holmes Chicago Dance Theater, Chicago Dance Medium, Homer Bryant, Joel Hall, and is a 4 year alumni of The Chicago Academy of the Arts. After high school Tanji spent some time in both L.A. and New York training, then started dancing for both R&B and Hip Hop mainstream music acts like R. Kelly, Sparkle, and Busta Rhymes from. After touring and performing all over the country Ms. Harper came home and began teaching in Chicago. Landing a life changing position that would grow her into the position of artistic director at the Happiness Club, and piloting dance programs that grew into 4 different Hidef dance Ensemble apprenticeships through After School Matters which are designed for Chicago Public School teens ages 14-18. A constant mentor and seeker of solutions, Tanji created Blu Rhythm ChicagoMs. Harper uses dance, hip hop and the power of positivity to influence the choices young creatives in Chicago are faced with making, uplifting the words unity, community, and continuously pushing urban artistry.

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn ave
Chicago, IL 60637