2010 Selection


Outcasts United:
An American Town, a Refugee Team, and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference

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A message from Warren St. John: 

For the better part of a hundred years, Clarkston, Georgia—a community of 7,100 on one square mile of land east of downtown Atlanta—was a mostly white town where little of interest happened. In the early 1990’s, the town was designated as a resettlement center for refugees from around the world, and refugees poured in from Southeast Asia, the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East. In less than a decade, little Clarkston, Georgia transformed into one of the most diverse communities in the country.

Outcasts United is the story of this town, told through the lens of a soccer team of refugee boys called the Fugees, a team founded and coached by an American-educated, Jordanian-born volunteer named Luma Mufleh. The team and its remarkable coach ultimately provide the rest of us with powerful lessons about how to create community in places where everyone is different.

Listen to Warren St. John explain why Outcasts United resonates with readers.

Why Outcasts United?

The book not only presents students with the remarkable story of the Fugees, but it also introduces them to such themes as diversity, managing significant cultural differences, struggles associated with assimilation, importance and rewards of service, as well as a strong female role model.

Incoming students will find that Outcasts United resonates with their transitional experiences and explores an environment not too dissimilar to the one found at Georgia State.

In addition, the book touches on many issues that will appeal to many possible majors and multiple interests:

  • Cultural anthropology
  • Journalism
  • History
  • Social work
  • Political science
  • Sociology
  • Urban planning
  • Economics
  • Leadership
  • and many others