Racial Equity Task Force
We are volunteering with the NAACP to get the vote out this November:
Just a month ago, Chadwick Boseman was lost to the world as a result of colon cancer. Through his role as King T'Challa in the Black Panther movie, he became a symbol of Black strength, courage, and pride. Beyond this blockbuster role, he also is known for his portrayals of Black cultural iconsJackie Robinson and James Brown. It is beyond us to faithfully explain the significance of Mr. Boseman's acting to our Black brethren around the world, but we have seen the profound impact of his death in your lives and honor him, his works, and what he symbolizes to all of us. 'Wakanda Forever!'
Boseman at the 2018 Oscars. Photo by Jordan Strauss Invision AP
What we're reading/watching now:
Dr. Alexander Riegel will be hosting a book club for:
“A People’s History of the United States”
2005 pub: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, ISBN 0-06-083865-5
2003 pub: Harper Collins, ISBN 0-06-052842-7
To participate, register with him at firstname.lastname@example.org
This article illustrates the timeliness of reading this book:"Why President Trump is targeting the 1619 Project"
Kathy Marcozzi has offered this list of movies
that depict black life in a loving and authentic way:
Something to think about.
Many of us have heard of the famous Bechdel-Wallace Test, but just in case, here's a reminder:
Similar to this test for female representation in media, we would like to share with you the DuVernay test for Black representation in media. This test:
To learn more, you can read about its origin here:
The DuVernay Test
During your next movie night, we encourage you to subject the black characters you encounter to the DuVernay Test as a way of examining how much implicit bias may exist in the entertainment media that we regularly consume.
Shared by Marlane Washington:
Here is a short article giving a writer's point of view about Black Lives Matter - "If You Don't Know Me By Now" witten by E. Ethelbert Miller.