Thanks to my wife Ruthanne’s recommendation, I’ve recently finished reading Pauli Murray’s memoir, “Proud Shoes.” Murray was an amazingly talented individual who had a powerful intellect, deep commitment to ethics, and was fearlessly persistent in her drive for justice and equity. Murray’s story is also an all too familiar one: despite her many accomplishments she has been little known and grossly underappreciated. The makers of the documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsberg, “Notorious RBG,” have recently released a documentary about Murray and Murray has been the subject of a few articles in the New York Times in the last two weeks.
The familiar story is the lack of awareness of the accomplishments of Black individuals. And when we do not put time and effort into learning about them and expanding our understanding and appreciation of the stories and of the lives of those who lived them we miss out on multiple opportunities for moving toward a more anti-racist society.
With that in mind, you are encouraged to participate in the AEU’s second offering of Anti-Racism Dialogues. Here’s the list of offerings:
|Topic||Facilitator||Session Times||Session Dates|
|When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisse Khan-Culllors||Hugh Taft-Morales||4 Sessions – 5:00 – 6:30 PM ET||Oct 18, Nov 8, Nov 22, Nov 29|
|Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong||Trang Duong||1 Session – 7:00-8:30 PM ET||Nov 1|
|Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Saving the World by Anand Giridharadas||Paul Heymont||2 Sessions – 7:30-8:30 PM ET||Oct 28, Nov 11|
|Three short articles on facing reactions to racism and anti-racism||Emily Newman||1 Session – 7:00-8:30 PM ET||Oct 5|
|Three short articles on facing reactions to racism and anti-racism – Emily Newman – 1 Session – 7:00-8:30 PM ET – Oct 12||Emily Newman||1 Session – 7:00-8:30 PM ET||Oct 12|
|Three short articles on facing reactions to racism and anti-racism – Emily Newman – 1 Session – 7:00-8:30 PM ET – Oct 26||Emily Newman||1 Session – 7:00-8:30 PM ET||Oct 26|
|Two sessions on Implicit and Unconscious Bias – viewing TEDTalks together followed by group discussions||Randy Best||2 Sessions – 7-9:30 PM ET||Oct 5, Oct 12|
|Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey||Anne Klayson||3 Sessions – 8:00-9:30 PM ET||Oct 26, Nov 2, Nov 9|
|Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey||Anne Klayson||3 Sessions – 8:00-9:30 PM ET||Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 10|
|Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic||Jone Johnson Lewis||2 Sessions with optional 3rd Session 7:30-9:30 PM ET||Oct 28, Nov 18, Dec 2|
|Belonging: The Key to Transforming and Maintaining Diversity, Inclusion and Equality at Work by Kathryn Jacob||Jone Johnson Lewis||1 Session – 8:00-10:00 PM ET||Nov 10|
|How to Become a Multicultural Church by Douglas J. Brouwer||Jone Johnson Lewis||1 Session – 8:00-10:00 PM ET||Nov 17|
|Mistakes and Miracles: Congregations on the Road to Multiculturalism by Nancy Palmer Jones and Karin Lin||Jone Johnson Lewis||1 Session – 8:00-10:00 PM ET||Dec 15|
|Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home by Toko-pa Turner||Jone Johnson Lewis||1 Session – 8:00-10:00 PM ET||Jan 19|
And you can register for sessions here: 2021 Anti-Racism Dialogues Registration
And it’s not too late to register for the AEU’s Salon on Criminal Justice on Wednesday, September 29th via Zoom at 8:00 pm Eastern Time. Here’s a link to a description and to the registration: Activism At A Distance Salon on Criminal Justice
This post originally appeared at AEU.org.