Spring Community Conversations – April 8 and May 20

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Community Conversations

The Middlefield Durham Racial Justice Team is excited to announce the April and May community conversations about racial justice. Before these monthly discussions, participants will be invited to watch a film, read a book or listen to a podcast.

Upcoming programs:

Thursday, April 8, 7 PM, “Nice White Parents” Podcast Discussion

Hosted via Zoom by the Levi Coe Library

The 5 episodes of the New York Times podcast series “Nice White Parents” tells the story of a neighborhood middle school in Brooklyn, NY that was founded in 1968. During the next 50 years it depicts how white parents have influenced the trajectory over and over again, even if their children did not attend the school. The case study of this particular school provides the opportunity to explore the complicated realities of race, privilege and power across all American schools. It highlights the inequalities of the public education system and asks the question “what should our public education institutions be providing to our students?” It showcases how many times, the best of intentions can create unforeseen problems and ill will.

To sign up for this Zoom discussion email:  levicoelibraryjess@gmailcom

Thursday, May 20, 7 PM, The 13th Film Discussion 

Hosted via Zoom by the Durham Library

“The 13th  is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Ana DuVernay that explores the intersection of race, justice and the mass incarceration in the United States. The 13 refers to the 13th amendment that abolished slavery and involuntary servitude except as punishment for a crime. The film begins with the alarming statistic that 1 in 4 African American males will serve time in prison at some point in their lives. It leads the viewer through an historical timeline from the suppression of African Americans by lynchings and Jim Crow laws to the “war on drugs” that criminalized being poor and black to the continued mass incarceration of people of color. The film raises questions of how to change the lucrative private prison-industrial complex and the audacious trajectory of this historical political path.

To sign up for this Zoom Discussion go to the Durham Library website:  https://www.durhamlibrary.org

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