During the WNBA off-season in Israel, New York Liberty Guard / striker Jocelyn Willoughby co-founded Read What You Sow book club with Jocelyn Willoughby. The book club is scheduled to begin in February and address social justice issues such as health care and education from the perspective of women of skin color.
The Liberty is partnering with Cafe con Libros, an intersectional feminist community bookstore and coffee shop in Brooklyn, to curate the book selection. Book club members receive information on books, guided questions, suggested reading materials, and access to private virtual discussions led by Willoughby.
“Think about the work the league has done over time  In the season and conversations we’ve had, it has been important to me from the start how we continue this as we struggle for change, ”said Willoughby, a native of New Jersey and a graduate of the University of Virginia. “It’s important to have conversations.”
She said her reading is a cathartic experience and books help her navigate the complex world. Willoughby, who majored in Global Development Studies and is pursuing a Masters Degree from UVa’s Batten School of Public Policy, aims to help readers explore different perspectives. There will be virtual author chats and reading reports for members of the book club and the general public.
“We can examine and question some of the systems. 2020 has forced us to do this as we look at the effects of the pandemic, ”said Willoughby, who added that Cafe con Libros founder Kalima DeSuze is introducing her new books.
“When you look at employment, healthcare and education, there are so many challenges that have been raised,” she said. “Some are new, like in this virtual age. How do you teach students effectively online? How do their results change? Others are old.
“I am very excited to take this educational trip myself,” she continued. “Part of it is inviting others to get better information too.”
Willoughby said her international experience has been good so far. Although Israel is mostly in a quarantine situation due to COVID-19, sports are still going on. She is disappointed in not being able to explore and visit sacred sites.
“The basketball was good,” said Willoughby. “We started the season well. I think it’s a different style of play that requires some adjustment, but I feel like my goal and focus is to get better with every workout, day, and game. I feel like I’m making progress in preparing to return to the WNBA. “