Awakening to Change is a lecture series 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, which is a partnership between the Branford Community Foundation, Branford Community Television, and the Blackstone Library.
The series began with a conversation on Monday, January 25 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. To receive news and updates on future Awakening to Change events, please sign up for our events newsletter.
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: