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posted Jan 16, 2014, 2:34 PM by Edwin Rodriguez

Mass Slavery Apology Newsletter

Resources for Racial Healing and Racial Justice


We hope you will join us for Mass Slavery Apology’s 2014 monthly event series, Conversations for Racial Justice.

We’ll present a workshop, speaker, or other program on the first Saturday of each month at the First Congregational Church of Greenfield, 43 Silver Street, Greenfield MA. All programs are free. See the next section for information about our February 1st program, a film with facilitated discussion in honor of Black History Month.


Thank you for your support to the First Congregational Church of Greenfield, to the Deerfield, Gill, Montague, New Salem, and Orange Cultural Councils, and to the Massachusetts Cultural Council. 


New conversation group: Mass Slavery Apology has initiated a new conversation group called "Undoing Our Own Racism."  It meets monthly in the Greenfield MA area, is peer-run and is open to new members.  For more information, contact




Conversations for Racial Justice


walk right in poster   Our next program will be a screening of the film Walk Right In: Yale Summer High School followed by a conversation facilitated by Meg Maccini and Darnell Williams.  

Walk Right In captures the stories of a unique educational experiment at Yale University through interviews conducted 40 years later with participants. Created as a part of the war on poverty with a mandate to address issues of social and economic injustice, Yale Summer High School brought underprivileged kids from across the nation to Yale Divinity School during the 1960s. The film shows how the difficult, complex issues of race, class, and human difference can be addressed humanely and productively.


11-2 on Saturday, February 1, First Congregational Church, Greenfield MA. Free!

For more information, follow this link, see the attached flyer, or reply to this email.


Other events

White People Challenging Racism: Moving From Talk to Action is offering a 5-week class at two Boston-area locations starting in late January. They say, “White people, are you sick of the tension that can fill the room when the topic of race comes up? People of color, are you frustrated by that tension too? People of all heritages/identities are welcome to join us as we focus on the role of white people in dismantling racism and building a just society.”


In the news and other resources


An apology for slavery:  At their meeting in November 2013, the New York Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (commonly called Quakers) offered a formal Apology to Afro-Descendants for ". . . Quaker participation in the terrible acts of enslaving your ancestors and for the destructive effects that those acts have had on succeeding generations. . . . We apologize that [New York Yearly Meeting] allowed its members to hold Africans and their descendants in bondage up until 1777, when Friends were directed by the Yearly Meeting to manumit the people they held in slavery." They also recommitted themselves to their testimony of equality as regards Afro-Descendants, stating:“This work will include challenging existing racist assumptions, and educating ourselves about the direct relationships between the past enslavement of Afro-Descendants and current conditions in the United States.”    Read more


Murder and Slavery in Brazil: How an unsolved murder in 1888 played a part in bringing about the end of slavery, from The Economist.


From Colorlines, A Racial Justice Bucket List for 2014 – thoughts from activists and organizers.


Mychal Denzel Smith, writing in The Nation, offers Three Ways to Fight Racism in 2014.


Racism in higher educationHere is a powerful statement from Sy Stokes via Upworthy.


In Traveling While Black, Farai Chidea talks about why she loves international travel. From the New York Times.


Some thoughts on team mascots, from Savage Media: If the Indian Mascot Could Speak.


And a few on white privilege


White Obliviousness and Historical Memory: Tim Wise nails it in this article describing the recent actions of a certain well-known performer.


Challenging Racism and the Problem with White Allies by Suey Park from {Young}ist. In this interview, educator David Leonard shares his thoughts about the roles of whites engaged in antiracism.


White privilege explained, in a comic strip, of course. By artist Jamie Kapp, from Buzzfeed.



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