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Conversations for Change

Explore Ways to Become an Active Ally in the Black Community

Conversations for Change is a series of explorations that will provide a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies for the black community. Join the conversations on Mondays at 5:00 p.m. Click here to register

Each week the readings, videos and discussion materials will be posted, and previously discussed materials will stay posted for reference as well. 

Week of July 20:

Monday: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America
Tuesday: The Story of Robert Smalls
Wednesday: What the Courage to Change History Looks Like
Thursday: Color Blind or Color Brave
Friday: Seeing Whiteness
Saturday: “I’m leaving, I’m Just Not Coming Back”:  Black Americans head overseas

Deeper Dive
The Difference between being “not racist” and antiracist

Week of July 13:

Monday: The Real Story About Rosa Parks and Why We Need to Confront Myths About Black History
Tuesday: The Case for Reparations
Wednesday: The Black-White Wage Gap Is as Big as It Was in 1950
Thursday: The Power of Martin Luther King Jr.’s AngerMartin Luther King, Jr. I Have A Dream Speech 
Friday: How We’re Priming Some Kids for College and Others for Prison
Saturday: My Road Trip Through the Whitest Towns in America
Sunday: Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups

DEEPER DIVE: 
I Am Not Your Negro on Netflix: https://www.netflix.com/title/80144402
On Youtube ($2.99/3.99 rental)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXfzFh0eBZQ
Freedom Stories: Unearthing the Black Heritage of Appalachia

Reflection question for Monday, July 20: What’s the most important image, encounter or experience you’ve had regarding race?

Week of July 6

Monday: My Descent into America’s neo-Nazi Movement & how I Got Out
Tuesday – Thursday: Talking About Race: Becoming Antiracist
Friday: Why it’s so Hard to Talk About the N-word
Saturday: Let's get to the root of racial injustice
Sunday: These Black teens are turning 18 in Tamir Rice’s America

Deeper Dive: 
New York Times 1619 project
Watch: The Help

Reflection question for Monday, July 13: What is one or more small shift(s) you can make in your life to become more antiracist?