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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.
Learn the facts & examine your unconscious bias.
- Writing on Race and Racism in America
- Take the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge
- The White Privilege Checklist
- Black Lives Matter: Community Read
- The White Journey to Racial Awareness
- Racial Equity Trainings- The RI Foundation
- Antiracist Reading Lists
Help educate others.
- Talking About Race - From the National Museum of African American Culture and History
- How to Talk about Race, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Through a Social Justice Lens
- How to Talk to Your Kids About Anti-Racism - Wealth of resources including articles, videos, educational guides, and more.
- BLM Toolkits - Resources for healing, education and action.
- Center for Racial Justice in Education - Resources for teaching.
- Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News - From the Child Mind Insititute (available in English and Spanish)
- Beyond the Golden Rule: A Parents' Guide to Preventing and Responding to Prejudice - From Teaching Tolerance
- Racism and Violence: Using Your Power as a Parent to Support Children Aged Two to Five - From Zero to Three (available in English and Spanish)
- How to Talk to Kids about Race and Racism
Support local and national organizations and movements.
- Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence
- Stages of Freedom
- African Alliance of RI
- RI Black Heritage Society
- RIBS (Rhode Island Black Storytellers)
- Showing Up for Racial Justice
- Urban League of RI
- RI Black Business Association
- Sista Fire RI
- RI Coalition of Black Women
- Center for Reconciliation
- EduLeaders of Color Rhode Island
- Black Lives Matter
- Color of Change
- Racial Equity Institute - Helping leaders and organizations who want to proactively understand and address racism.
- BOLD (Black Organizing for Leadership and Dignity)
- Blackout Collective - Supporting black-led protests.
- Advancement Project - A next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization.
- Live Free USA - Social justice action within faith communities.
- Educators for Equity - Changing the culture of education to be actively antiracist and inclusive.
- Center for Racial Justice in Education- Trains and empowers educators in schools and communities.
Speak up for your community & get involved.
- Moveon.org petition - Racism Meets Criteria for Threat to Public Health
- RI for Community and Justice - Fighting bias, bigotry and racism.
- Showing Up for Racial Justice - “A call to action for white folks.”
- Fair Fight - Promoting fair elections and fighting voter suppression of voters of color and young voters.
- The Sentencing Project- Take action on criminal justice reform.
Copwatch- Watching the police as a community defense tool.
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.
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
Anti-Racism Resources - Articles, books, TV shows, films, podcasts, and organizations to follow.
Center for Racial Justice in Education - Resources including interviews, tips for parents, articles, examples, and more.
NOLO Resources for Anti-Racism - Compilation of resources including articles, podcasts, and teaching tools.
Social Justice Toolbox - Resource hub for free, curated social justice activities and facilitation guides.
Teaching Tolerance - Resources to help youth become active participants in a diverse democracy.
Raising Anti-Racist Children
- Brightly Anti-Racist Resources for Kids - Books and resources to help raise anti-racist children.
- The Conscious Kid - Instagram dedicated to parenting and education through a critical race lens.
- Embrace Race - Resources and action guides for parents to help fight systemic racism.
- PBS: How to Talk to Your Kids About Anti-Racism - Wealth of resources including articles, videos, educational guides, and more.
- Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race - Resource roundup including books, articles, tips, and more.
- Anti-Racism Books for Kids - New York Times list of books that explain racism and protest to kids.
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners - Books by outstanding African American authors and illustrators. This list offers every single recipient of this award, from 1970 onward.
- Embrace Race: Where to Find Diverse Books - An excellent resource- and link-rich page on how to select--and where to find--high-quality books for children featuring Black and Indigenous People and People of Color (BIPOC).
- Insider’s List of 16 Anti-Racism Books for Young Children - A list including a link to support black-owned bookstores.
- Reading for Change: Booklist-Recommended Antiracism Titles for All Ages - Leveled reading suggestions for adults and youth.
- We Need Diverse Books - Helps to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
- Integrated Schools Podcast - Hard conversations about race, parenting, segregation, and inequities in our schools.
- KidLit4BlackLives Rally - Recording of the rally including several prominent speakers.
- Kidlit These Days Podcast - An episode focused on transgender black voices in kidlit.
- Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast - Movement voices, stories, and strategies for racial justice.
- Pod for the Cause - Spark conversations and activism on some of the most critical issues of today.
- Scene on Radio - Exploring human experience and American society, including the Peabody-nominated Seeing White segment.
Starting Points for Anti-Racist Action