Racial Justice Study Group: Module One

Racial Justice Study Group: Module One
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Starting Date / Time: 10/01/20, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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We meet from 7-9p on Zoom (free). All are welcome, with shared agreements established.


As a Buddhist community, opening our hearts and minds to the lived experiences and complex relationships between blacks and whites throughout the history of the United States, which was literally created with the labor of predominantly African slaves, can help with understanding, healing, and guiding our efforts towards advocacy for change and racial justice in the present.  The SBC has an ongoing study group that meets monthly to explore this history of race relations and how it impacts and shapes our society and country in the present.  The planning group selects a variety of resources, including reading materials, podcasts, videos and other media that are positively-engaging, informative, and thought provoking!

Topics for Discussion

The study is structured chronologically. Module One started with three sessions on Slavery.  Module Two includes four sessions to address Reconstruction, Racial Cleansing, the Great Migration, and the Harlem Renaissance. After this module, we will continue with themes that bring this history forward to the present, including the Civil Rights movement and the continuing legacy of systemic discrimination impacting African Americans today.  If there is interest, further study may be expanded to focus on the history and legacy of racial injustice involving indigenous peoples and immigrant populations, which are also powerful forces in shaping race relations to the present day.  Many of us are realizing how inadequate our formal education was on these topics!  Discussing with others allows for deeper reflection and integration of the material.  Join at any time!


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