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Resources on Racial Justice

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Doing nothing is no longer an option!


Confronting Racism in Our Unjust World:A Statement by PCL: Featuring Words and Images From Staff of Providence Community Library | en español


NEW!! Power, Privilege, & Social Justice: A History of African American Civil Rights, a 3-part series on Zoom, tickets are FREE and are available until 5pm on the day of the event.


Power, Privilege & Social Justice A History of African American Civil Rights is a three-part series from the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, in partnership with Providence Community Library, which explores the history and struggle for African Americans to achieve Civil Rights in Providence over a 300-year period. Keith Stokes, Advisor to the RI Black Heritage Society, will present the talks. Read Keith Stokes, Theresa Guzman Stokes & Valerie Tutson bios.

***Each lecture in this series will be on our YouTube channel and linked on this page.***

PART 1: EARLY AFRICAN ARRIVALS & RESISTANCE
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Keith Stokes Slide Presentation pdf

Recounts the early arrivals of enslaved Africans to Providence and Rhode Island, their fight for emancipation and the development of Providence's first African heritage religious, civic and education institutions.

PART 2: SEPARATE & UNEQUAL
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Focuses on the social and political conditions faced by the African heritage community in Providence during the 19th century. Key topics will include establishing the early free African heritage neighborhood within College Hill, surviving Hardscrabble and Snowtown race riots, securing the right to vote, integrating public schools and passage of early civil rights laws.

PART 3: THE ONGOING STRUGGLE
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Explores the 20th century and the fight for fair employment during the World War Years and fight for fair housing during the 1950s through 1960s. There will also be a discussion of the unfinished business of social justice within the present-day Black Lives Matter movement, Mayor of Providence's “Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations” initiative and other social justice issues facing us today.

Power, Privilege & Social Justice: History of African American Civil Rights in Providence RI is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this series do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS | FOR ADULTS

 

Local Organizations and Action Groups

  • Providence Student Union - Providence youth helping reshape their schools and communities.
  • PRYSM - Supports Southeast Asian youth in becoming leaders.
  • Stages of Freedom - Programming and empowerment for inner-city youth.
  • Young Voices - Transforms urban youth into powerful advocates who have a voice in every aspect of their lives.
  • Youth in Action - Provides transformative leadership training to youth.
  • Youth Pride - Aiding youth impacted by sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.

National Organizations
 

  • Anti-Racism Project - Interactive experiences to learn about institutionalized racism, internalized racism, white privilege, and more.

  • Brownicity - Advocacy, education, and support for racial healing and antiracism.

  • Showing Up for Racial Justice - National network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice.

            Learning and Teaching Resources
 

Raising Anti-Racist Children
 

Books
 

Podcasts/Recordings
 

Starting Points for Anti-Racist Action