Racism in America Forum Series

2021-2022 focus on Vermont

Sponsored by
The Vermont Racial Justice Alliance
Mount Mansfield Community Television and
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Hosted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
273 Vermont Route 15, Jericho, Vermont

Moderator: The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas, Pastor


How far have we come as Americans in confronting racism? This is a topic that remains so intimidating and painful that we prefer not to talk about it in public for fear of what we might say or reveal, or how others might see or treat us. The Racism in America Forum will focus on both Vermont and the nation with the intent of providing a model for each state to address its own history pertaining to racism and bigotry. The Forum offers monthly (and sometimes more frequent) occasions where topics of uppermost importance to people of color are shared and discussed with the hope of attracting allies and fostering positive change for all Americans.

HOW TO ATTEND: The 2021-2022 Forum schedule will be online virtual gathering, so please register in advance at https://goodshepherdjericho.org/racism-in-america-forum/

If you’re unable to attend, you can view the recorded broadcast by logging into the Mount Mansfield Community Television website.

If you have not used Zoom before, here’s a basic how-to about Joining a Zoom Meeting.


2021 – 2022 OVERVIEW

MMCTV is the media sponsor of this series. Links to previous Racism in America videos can be found here on Internet Archive, or at MtMansfieldCtv.org


October 13, 2021: What Is Critical Race Theory? Kathryn Dungy, Professor of History at St. Michael’s College will share her perspective on this controversial topic. Recommended Reading: Critical Race Theory: Key Writings that Formed the Movement, edited by Kimberle Crenshaw, Neil Gotanda, Gary Peller, and Kendall Thomas

October 27, 2021:  Voting Laws Since the 2020 Election, Alec Ewald, Professor of Political Science with a focus on American Politics and Constitutional law at the University of Vermont, with discuss changes in voting laws within the United States following the very contentious 2020 Election, why they were enacted, an how they could affect future statewide and national elections, especially as they relate to people of color. Recommended Reading: The Voting Rights War by Gloria J. Browne-Marshall

November 17, 2021: Being Native American in Vermont and America, Donald Stevens, Chief of the Nulhegan Band of the Coosuk Abenaki Nation, Recommended Reading: Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale. Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_eNhT5DhJQ6q3jP66ZLvGiA

December (date to be determined): Young and Black in Vermont, Black high school students will share their experiences on a topic of their choosing related to being Black in one of the whitest states in the nation. Recommended Reading: Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum; Black Students in White Schools by Noah Tennant. Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_VAFccvDoSpqlgU6GgUIhsQ

January 26, 2022: Barbara Jordan, I Dared to Be Me, presented by Shades of Truth Theatre of Harlem, New York City. This play by Michael Green provides a glimpse into the extraordinary life of the first woman to represent Texas in in Congress, who was also Black and Lesbian. Recommended Reading: Barbara Jordan: American Hero by Mary Beth Rogers. Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_8svddjWYQDivG-PyAAcJZw

February 16, 2022: Black Clergy in Vermont: What are the experiences and challenges of clergy of color in one of the whitest states in the country? Bishop Shannon MacVean-Brown, Rev. Devon Thomas, Rev. Canon Walter Brownridge, and other Black clergy share their thoughts and experiences. Recommended Reading: Black Puritan, Black Republican: The Life and Thought of Lemuel Haynes 1753-1833 by John Saillant; The Life, Labors and Travels of Elder Charles Bowles: Free Will Baptist Denomination by John W. Lewis, Alton E. Loveless (editor)Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rtlASthwTm6Ciq_VnZz_Wg

March 2, 2022: Black People Mistaken for White: What are the experiences and feelings of African Americans who look white? We shall meet with a panel of individuals who will share their stories. Recommended Reading: A Chosen Exile by Allyson Hobbs; The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson; Passing by Nella Larson. Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tQD9L4HSRi6lzpq1UqF0CA

March (date to be determined): Policing, Public Safety and People of Color: What progress has been made regarding policing and public safety in Vermont, and what are the lingering challenges that must be addressed? Michael Schirling, Commissioner of Public Safety, Heather Simon, Executive Director of the Criminal Justice Council and head of the Vermont Police Academy. Recommended Reading: 21st Century Policing. Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_32ATwVNuRYCIqAIBU6_pDQ

April 6, 2022: Civil Rights and a Conservative Supreme Court, Alec Ewald, Professor of at the University of Vermont, will return to discuss the historically conservative leaning of the Supreme Court and the effect of its rulings upon people of color.  Recommended Reading: Packing the Court: The Rise of Judicial Power and the Coming Crisis of the Supreme Court by James Macgregor Burns; Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America, by Adam Cohen. Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V5RP3zSuS9-6VMYvinK84A

May 18, 2022: People of Chinese Descent in America, Karen Lew Biney-Amissah, former Director of Education at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), New York City. Recommended Reading: The Chinese in America by Iris Chang. Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zJhR3T6TT5mCze-276X-mA


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