We, like the rest of the nation, are saddened and angered by the recent tragic murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and other victims of racial violence. One way to honor the memory of Black lives lost is to support and engage in the movement for change. We have held Conversations on Racial Justice, gathered resources and offered pathways to individual and collective action. We hope you will join us in learning more about the issues and identifying actions that will help heal racism in America.
EBN Pushes for Black Justice
On June 7, the Encore Boston Network Board of Directors issued a statement in solidarity with the Black community. In helping people over 50 find purpose and meaning in their lives, we connect with diverse communities throughout Greater Boston. We are outraged by the unrelenting impact of inequality in the Black community and believe it falls to all of us, young and old, to join forces and fight for change. Read the statement here.
This list of resources was compiled from a variety of sources and is organized by category, including books, articles, film & TV series, podcasts and videos. There are also lists of advocacy organizations, social media links, black-owned businesses and other resources. We encourage you to explore the list here.
6 Ways to Advocate for Racial Justice from Home
This article, written by EBN Board member Phyllis Segal, appeared in Next Avenue on July 8, 2020. In it, she outlines six actions people can take to advocate for a better world while sheltering at home. Read the article here.
Conversation on Racial Justice - June 18, 2020
This first in a series of Conversations yielded a variety of insights based on the observations and experiences of those who attended. Here are 5 takeaways from this first Conversation.
- US History class left a lot out and we want to learn more about the impact of slavery, Jim Crow, government policy and other contributors to the systemic racism we continue to see in our society.
- But we're learning already. Many of us are coming to terms with the reality and meaning of white privilege and recognizing that we all have a role to play in achieving black justice.
- We feel caught between disbelief and anger about the fact that we are still dealing with this issue as a society and, while we're hopeful that the current awakening will lead to change, we're also afraid it will not last long enough for real progress to be achieved.
- We want to engage directly, find ways to take effective action, and connect in an authentic way with people of color, but many of us don't know where to begin.
- We want to better understand how to be effective allies in this cause. As one participant noted, how we make a difference comes down to "MINT": how we invest our Money, our Ideas, our Networks, and our Time in this effort.
Read the full list of comments from this session here
Conversation on How to Be a Better Anti-racist - July 16, 2020
This was the second in a series of Conversations where we challenged ourselves to be more aware and forthcoming in our thoughts and actions regarding racism in America. In reviewing this material, we hope you will find more ways to process your thoughts and take action on this important issue.
This topic is based on the bestselling book by Ibram X. Kendi,How To Be an Antiracist. Other books by Dr. Kendi include Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You and Antiracist Baby.
View an interviewof Ibram X. Kendi by Stephen Colbert.
View a presentation on 6 Ways to Advocate for Racial Justice from Home, adapted from an article by Phyllis Segal that was published in "Next Avenue" on July 8, 2020.
Conversation on White Fragility: What Can We Do? - July 23, 2020
Robin DiAngelo’s book, “White Fragility: Why It Is Hard for White People to Talk About Race,” has been at the top of the bestseller lists for two years. It is direct and can often be uncomfortable for white persons to read. But that may be a good thing, because white people need to move beyond their comfort zones in order to make necessary change on the topic of race.
Download these slides from the Conversation, including definitions of racism, white fragility and white privilege.
View this video of Dr. DeAngelo explaining why "I'm Not a Racist" is only half the story.
View this video of Dr. DeAngelo sharing 3 ways white people can challenge white fragility.
- Understand what it means to be white
- Change your understanding of racism
- Practice humility coupled with accountability
Watch this video tribute to John Lewis.
Sign this petition to rename Edmund Pettus Bridge, a known racist, after Congressman John Lewis, a champion of civil rights.
Go to this website -- John Lewis: Good Trouble -- to register voters and fight voter suppression.
Conversation on What It Means to Be White - August 13, 2020
This was the fourth conversation and focused on the question arising from Robin DiAngelo's book, White Fragility. We explored more deeply the advantages our culture offers to whites and what that means for those who don't share those advantages. We also heard the perspectives of persons of color on this same question.
View a video about deconstructing white privilege by Robin DeAngelo here.
Conversation with Lester Strong: How to Help Heal Racism in America - August 24, 2020
Many of us are still reeling from the kaleidoscope of emotions from the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others. And we're asking ourselves "Why are we still struggling with this issue?" "Am I contributing to racial inequity?" "What can I do to help solve the problem of race in America?" These are not easy questions, but we are excited that Lester Strong, longtime TV news anchor in Boston, will join us to help find answers. Since his distinguished broadcast career. Lester has led two national literacy programs for underserved kids and has connected youth and police officers in a community dialogue. He has lived, covered and helped lead the movement for social and racial justice in this country, and brings that experience to this conversation.
Download a video recording of this session here.