Springfield UU Meetinghouse, Vermont
Nurturing the Spirit, Healing the World
Resources on Black Lives Matter and Racism
“Any honest examination of the national life proves how far we are from the standard of human freedom with which we began. The recovery of this standard, demands of everyone who loves this country a hard look at himself, for the greatest achievements must begin somewhere, and they always begin with the person. If we are not capable of this examination, we may yet become one of the most distinguished and monumental failures in the history of nations.” James Baldwin, 1959
“Just Mercy” The Story of Civil Rights Attorney Bryan Stevenson. Film and book. A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.
“My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies.” Resmaa Menachem. Discussion Group starting at the Meetinghouse this fall.
June 6,2020 interview with Krista Tippitt on “ON Being” NPR. https://onbeing.org/programs/resmaa-menakem-notice-the-rage-notice-the-silence/
July 9, “On Being” with Krista Tippett – Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem In Conversation https://onbeing.org/programs/robin-diangelo-and-resmaa-menakem-in-conversation/
“The Hate U Give” Angie Thomas the Vermont Reads for 2020. Free copies through the Meetinghouse and Springfield Town Library. Events this summer and fall. “An incisive and engrossing perspective of the life of a black teenage girl.” The Atlantic. “…a vital look at racism and police violence.” Newsweek
“Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor” by Layla Saad. Based on the viral Instagram challenge that captivated participants worldwide, Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey, complete with journal prompts, to do the necessary and vital work that can ultimately lead to improving race relations. Workbook and video.
“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo. Written in 2018 by a white sociologist, Book, YouTube . Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem were interviewed together by Krista Tippet on “On Being” NPR on July 9 https://onbeing.org/programs/robin-diangelo-and-resmaa-menakem-in-conversation/
“Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates published in 2015. This award winning book is a letter the author wrote to his son explaining the racism he would have to live with. A quote from the book — “Here is what I would like for you to know: In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage.”
Toni Morrison film “The Pieces That I Am” From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ’70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni leads an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition. https://www.tonimorrisonfilm.com/
Race Gap – From birth to death Black people face systemic disadvantages in American life more than 150 years after slavery was abolished. From Reuters Graphics. https://graphics.reuters.com/GLOBAL-RACE/USA/nmopajawjva/#0
REP. JOHN LEWIS
We were saddened to hear that Rep. John Lewis has made his transition. What a truly great man. We’re really grateful that some of us had the opportunity to be in Burlington and share together that wonderful evening, to be in his presence. What an inspiration. https://www.aol.com/article/
“March: Book One, “the Vermont Reads 2019 selection. It is the first of a trilogy written by civil rights icon John Lewis, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and award-winning graphic artist Nate Powell.
The Meetinghouse hosts (via Zoom):
Who Will We Be Post Pandemic? Friends on the Path Groups. In each session we’re looking at Climate Justice. Climate change negatively affects most harshly those who have done the least to create it, specifically black, brown and indigenous people. Held by the Meetinghouse on Zoom. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6130779853?pwd=bkc2cUltQlhYUU5YME1aaHlNTGtJdz09
Dial by phone: +1 646 558 8656 Meeting ID: 613 077 9853 Password: 082077