Courageous Conversations: Racial Justice

Courageous ConversationsCourageous Conversations: Racial Justice is a collaboration between the Jackson Community Church and the Jackson Public Library to  promote anti-racist discussion, awareness and action. For more information, contact staff@jacksonlibrary.org or jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org.

Upcoming Events:

  • Please visit PBS's Black Culture Connection webpage often to see what is currently streaming. They frequently update their content with new resources and programs.
  • Likewise, please visit the New Hampshire Humanities Black Thought webpage for links to previous programs.
    • Jose Clemente Orozco and the Epic of “Greater America” on Friday, May 7 at 5:00 pm on Zoom.  In this talk, Dr. Mary K. Coffey (Dartmouth College) examines Mexican muralist José Clemente Orozco’s contributions to formulations of the American epic in the 1930s through an analysis of his fresco cycle, The Epic of American Civilization, painted at Dartmouth College between 1932 and 1934. The presentation will focus on scenes in the “Modern” half of the cycle that pertain to the relationship between what was called “Anglo” and “Hispano” America. She demonstrates how Orozco challenged ideas about U.S. exceptionalism while also considering how his challenge can inform contemporary debates over race and immigration.  Register HERE.
  • Teachers, Librarians, and Educators interested in learning more about Juneteenth now have the opportunity with the upcoming virtual program on Wednesday, May 12th at 4pm: Teaching about Juneteenth with Children's Books.  Sponsored by Lee and Low Books. In this conversation with three experts, we will explore the importance of this holiday, how and why it's celebrated across the country, as well as relevant books, teaching strategies, and more. Our panelists are Newbery and Caldecott Honor-winning author and poet Carole Boston Weatherford (Juneteenth Jamboree), alongside expert educators Dr. Amanda Vickery, Assistant Professor of Social Studies at University of North Texas, and Dawnavyn James, Missouri-based Early Childhood and Elementary Educator.
  • Discussion series  COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS: RACIAL JUSTICE     This is a 6-Week Series involving conversation and a peer-reviewed curriculum.  Co-sponsored by Jackson Library and Jackson Community Church.  Ongoing Zoom link to be shared with participants. We are currently between sessions.  If you are interested in participating in future sessions, please email us (see addresses above) and fill out this short SURVEY .
  • Monthly Sunday Racial Justice Advocacy & Learning Group 7pm – Zoom. This is an opportunity for ongoing dialogue concerning Racial Justice issues. Zoom link will be provided upon request. To find out the next meeting date and to register, please contact: jcchurch@jacksoncommunitychurch.org 

Virtual Programs sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities:

For information on, and links to, previous programs in the Black Thought: Black Perspectives on the Humanities series, click here.

Helpful Resources:  These resources are focused on engagement and education around racial justice. Use what you find useful as a starting point for a deeper and more comprehensive understanding. Curation of these resources is ongoing.

Reading: Collected Resources and lists

Resources For Families:

NH and the MWV

Understanding Racism:

History of Race in America:

Understanding White Privilege:

Justice, Incarceration and Policing:

On Becoming an Ally:

Communication and Language:

If you have questions of comments regarding these resources, please contact meredith@jacksonlibrary.org or staff@jacksonlibrary.org.