How to be an Antiracist

We’ve wrapped up this session of the Change Academy. Check out notes and takeaways below:

September 14 – Antiracist Education, with Council Member Anita J. Price and Angela Wimberly.

September 21 – Antiracism and Health, with Dr. Liz Ackley, Roanoke College

September 28 – The Antiracist Neighborhood, with City of Roanoke Planning Director Chris Chittum and Neighborhood Services Coordinator Tonya Pickett.

October 5 – The Antiracist City, with Dr. Susan Gooden, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University; Council Member Trish White-Boyd, and City Manager Bob Cowell.

October 12 – Wrap-up, with small group discussion.

Continue the conversation with Roanoke City Public Libraries and BOOK CITY ★ Roanoke.  Following our August 2019 Indecent Histories event with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi at Melrose Library, we read and discussed Stamped from the Beginning. The book puts power and economic interest first in the analysis of racist ideas in America. To undo the systems now at work, Dr. Kendi contended, we must focus on policy change rather mental change.

What does that look like? What racist policies are woven into our institutions and how do we undo them? Together via Zoom, we’ll meet on four Mondays beginning in September with local experts, drawing on key chapters in Dr. Kendi’s latest book, the bestselling How to Be an Antiracist.

REGISTER HERE for one session or all four.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Roanoke Valley Branch
Black Girls Matter
Book No Further (Get 10% off the book in-store or using the link)
Central Church of the Brethren Race Education Team
City of Roanoke
Councilmember Bill Bestpitch
Councilmember Joe Cobb
Diversity Serves
Hollins University’s Eleanor D. Wilson Museum
Roanoke Arts Commission
Roanoke Valley Points of Diversity

Sign up to be a Change Academy partner. What’s it mean to be a partner? Simply that you’re signing on as a group to continue the conversation, the exploration, and or advocacy — however it makes sense for your group. This might be as simple as discussing the book as part of a church book group, or keeping each other informed as you take your next step in understanding antiracist strategies. It just means you’re interested in learning more and doing more together to make our community a better place for all.