Repenting of America’s Original Sin is a virtual book discussion series hosted by the Kohl Family

america's original sin book cover

YMCA and based on the New York Times bestseller America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America. If you didn’t get a chance to participate in the virtual book discussion hosted by Kohl Family YMCA via Zoom, please enjoy the virtual recordings. Each discussion follows the book’s discussion guide, hosted by Facilitator, Janet Black. Janet is the Chair of the Christian Emphasis Committee at the Kohl Family Y.

You can also support local, black-owned bookstore Elizabeth's Bookshop, by purchasing from the link above. This book is an important read, even if you didn't get the chance to participate in this book discussion.

Scripture passages, video clips, and excerpts from the book will support discussion throughout the series. Participants will look at the legacy of racism in the U.S., examine ways to “change the narrative of racial division,” and explore specific actions to combat racism.

Systemic racism continues to be a sin-stain on the soul of the United States. It touches every aspect of American life, placing people of color at a constant disadvantage and missing the mark of love to which God calls us. People of faith have a responsibility to reject the sin of racism, to turn away from it, and to chart a path toward a “Beloved Community.” Participation in this discussion series is a first step.




Janet Black

Janet V. Black is the chair of the Christian Emphasis Committee at the Kohl Family YMCA in Akron. In her role there, Ms. Black develops and supports programs and activities that focus on the Y’s Christian mission.

Beginning her career in juvenile corrections, Ms. Black has over 40 years of experience in human and social services, working primarily for agencies that support the empowerment of girls and women. She has facilitated workshops and been a guest speaker on a range of subjects, including diversity & cultural competence, violence against women, and issues concerning the LGBTQ+ community.

In addition to her volunteer service with the Kohl Family Y, Ms. Black participates in the Neighborhood Network, is a PTA member, a Girl Scout leader, and a long-time member of Emmanuel Fellowship Church in Akron where she leads the Outreach & Fellowship ministries.

Ms. Black has three children and six grandchildren. She shares her life in Akron with her spouse, Laura, and their awesome 13-year-old granddaughter.