Awakening to Change is designed to help unify our community by developing a shared understanding of the history, policy, and experiences shaping contemporary discussions of race. It was inspired by a conversation between Branford resident Roberta Gill-Brooks and former State Representative Lonnie Reed about growing up Black in Branford in July 2020.
The overwhelming positive response to that conversation led to Awakening to Change and a partnership between the Branford Community Foundation, Branford Community Television, and the Blackstone Library.
The series began with a conversation on Monday, January 25, 2021 with Debby Irving, speaker, diversity trainer, and author of Waking Up White. She joined us for a follow-up conversation a week later, which you can view here.
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Want to learn more about antiracism? Here’s a list of books, films, websites, TED Talks, and other recommendations you can start with.
So You Want to Talk About Race
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
Austin Channing Brown
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
ACLU Connecticut: https://www.acluct.org/en/issues/racial-justice
Black Lives Matter: https://blacklivesmatter.com/
Black Lives Matter New Haven Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BLMNH/
Center for Children’s advocacy – racial justice: https://cca-ct.org/racial-justice/
Everyday Democracy: Connecticut Collaborative on Poverty, Criminal Justice and Race: https://www.everyday-democracy.org/CTCollaborative
Justice in June: created by two friends after the murder of George Floyd to inspire action and awareness – a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies.
White People Challenging Racism: https://www.wpcr-boston.org/
Kimberly Jones on the difference between protesting, rioting, and looting: How We Can Win
TED Talks to help you understand racism in America: https://www.ted.com/playlists/250/talks_to_help_you_understand_r
Awakening to Change is a lecture series designed with the intent to unify our community to develop a shared understanding of the history, policy, and experiences shaping contemporary discussions of race, and is made possible by these partners: