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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.
Antiracism Reading List from the Blackstone Library
Debby Irving’s Recommended Resources
Justice in June Antiracism Resources
Embrace Race Reading List for Kids about Race
Nardi Media’s Black Lives Matter Book Club
Black Freedom Struggle in the US: find primary sources by subject, for students of all kinds
White Fragility – Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Race
Waking Up White – Finding Myself in the Story of Race
So You Want to Talk About Race
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
How to Be an Antiracist
Ibram X. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy : Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor
Layla F Saad
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
Austin Channing Brown
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man
The Color of Law : A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
135 Racial Equity Resources For Education, Professional & Community Development, Health, And Civil Rights: https://www.collegeconsensus.com/resources/racial-equity-resources/
ACLU Connecticut: https://www.acluct.org/en/issues/racial-justice
CT Core: http://www.ctcore-organizenow.org/home
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/
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: