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Westmoreland Reads

The goal of the Westmoreland Reads program is to form formal and informal reading groups throughout Westmoreland County. Participating groups will adopt a common book which they will then discuss over the course of the year.

Book cover of Rising Out Of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli SaslowThe first community reading will be Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow. The book tells the story of Derek Black, godson of KKK grand wizard, David Duke, and son of Don Black, founder of Stormfront, the first and largest hate site on the Internet. Raised at the epicenter of white nationalism and considered a rising star in the white nationalist movement, Derek Black ultimately rejected the ideology he had been raised in and confronted the damage he had done. This book beautifully tells the story of that transformation.

Discussion Questions | Reading Guide

Videos with the author:

Eli Saslow & Derek Black - From Racism to Redemption in “Rising Out of Hatred” (The Daily Show)

Fmr. White Nationalist Says Ideology Will Endure “Underground” Post-Trump (Amanpour and Company)

Recent interview from the Pitt-Greensburg Insider

Reading Group/Discussion Events Information

  • YWCA reading groups - registration form
  • October 6 at 7pm - Online discussion hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley. For the Zoom link please email your request along with your name to Please put “Rising Out of Hatred discussion” in the subject line.

Author Event Information

Eli Saslow will visit Greensburg on October 13 for special events at the Pitt-Greensburg campus and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. 

Schedule of Events for October 13

  • Noon - Keynote Address at Pitt-Greensburg. In person attendance for Pitt-Greensburg employees and students only. Community members will be able to watch the event via livestream here.
  • 6pm - Community Q & A and book signing at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art. Pre-registration is required. Click here for more information and to register.

Please help us spread the word by sharing our event flyer and our social media graphics (click images below to download larger versions).

Westmoreland Reads October 13 event flyer 1     Westmoreland Reads - October 13 event flyer 2

Help Us Make an Impact

We hope you will help us make an impact in our community. Become a sponsor and/or facilitator to show your support for this program. Westmoreland Reads is looking for:

  • Sponsors
  • Facilitators for formal reading groups
  • Volunteers to host informal groups with their friends and family
  • Teachers and professors to adopt the book as reading for their classes

Training and guiding materials will be provided to all facilitators, volunteers, and teachers.

Please review this form and consider taking the important step of becoming a sponsor and/or facilitator for this event. Please feel free to contact Dr. Sheila Confer or 724-836-9905 with any questions or for more information.

Community Partners

Thank you to our 2021-2022 community partners who are helping to facilitate Westmoreland Reads.

Adelphoi Village
Blackburn Center
Community Foundation of Westmoreland County
Friends of Millstein Library
PFLAG Greensburg
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ligonier Valley
United Way of SWPA
Unity in the Community
University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
Westmoreland Community Action
Westmoreland Diversity Coalition
Westmoreland LQBTQ Interfaith Network
Westmoreland Library Network
Westmoreland Museum of American Art
YWCA of Westmoreland County