It’s more important now than ever that we continue the fight for racial justice. We cannot let the momentum we’ve created come to a halt now, even during the Covid-19 pandemic. A lot of good has come out of the recent protests, but there is still so much more work to do. Whether you join a march in person or sit in front of your computer screen and listen to Black voices, you are being an ally and helping to make the change we so desperately need to become an anti-racist world.
Below is a list of online events taking place between Saturday, August 15 – Monday, August 31. If we have missed something, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add it to this list. You can find additional resources on our website as well.
Black Lives Matter: A Resource Guide
Black-Owned Businesses in Austin
Black Artists in Austin
How the Protests Have Changed the World…So Far
Anti-Racism Education: A Resource Guide
The US Prison System – How the 13th Amendment Failed to End Slavery
Blackface – Is it Really Racist?
The Minstrel Show: Evolution of American Entertainment
Anti-Racism As An Everyday Practice: A Workshop & Discussion
Saturday, August 15 at 10:00AM-12:00PM
In this workshop hosted by BossBabes ATX , anti-racist educators and activists, Briona Jenkins and Pamela Benson-Owens, will lead an action-oriented conversation about implementing anti-racism practices in our personal and professional lives. Attendees can expect a live Q&A with the speakers; to receive action items, resources and next steps for implementing anti-racist practices in their everyday lives; and a moderated discussion time centering Black and non-white voices. All are welcome.
Black Freedom: The History of Austin’s Black Freedom Communities
Saturday, August 15 at 1:00PM-3:00PM
Join the creative team behind the feature film Austin Black Freedom Communities for an afternoon discussion on the history of Austin’s original 13+ Black Freedom Communities, including Clarksville, Wheatville and Southside. Director Funmi Ogunro, alongside her collaborators, will give you a peek behind the lens, all while dropping crucial Austin history gems. Attendees can expect a deep dive into the history of Austin’s Black Freedom Communities; a look at what this means for Austin’s present-day; a behind-the-scenes take on the Austin Black Freedom Communities documentary. All are welcome. You can contribute to and learn more about the Austin Black Freedom Communities film on their Go Fund Me page.
Presented by Shalom Austin and Anti-Defamation League Austin, this Zoom event with Pamela Benson Owens (Interim Director of Six Square) and kYmberly Keeton (African American Community Archivist & Librarian at the Austin History Center) will focus on the uncomfortable truth about Austin’s racial inequities and how we got here.
After registering for the Zoom event, please check confirmation email for link to a PBS video about Austin’s past to watch BEFORE the program for context.
Austin DSA’s monthly meetings are a great way to keep up with and plug into the work of the Austin chapter. They’re currently working on a chapter-wide campaign to Defund the Austin Police Department. They’re out at protests and are organizing to build as much pressure as possible on City Council to defund the police to the tune of $100 Million — or more — and put that money into the social services, jobs, and housing that we need to thrive.
Black Makers Virtual Market
Sunday, August 23 at 1:00-4:00PM
This is the first Black Makers Market Virtual Event! Shop with amazing Black vendors, jam out with the group’s favorite DJs, and help them celebrate community in this crazy, cyber world we are living in!
Hosted by the Georgetown Public Library, this is a community-wide read and virtual panel discussion focused on deepening our understanding of racism and the ways it impacts individuals and society. Participants will be able to sign up to participate in a virtual panel discussion about the three books and anti-racism in general, and to ask questions or share comments.
Select from a slate of three best-selling books: How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (for adults), The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (for teens), and New Kid by Jerry Kraft (for children grades 5-8). All three books are available in print, audiobook, e-book, and e-audio from the Georgetown Public Library and from Lark & Owl Booksellers, the co-organizers of the program. Several Georgetown residents have made donations to allow the library to purchase additional copies of these books.
Schedule for panel discussion on Aug. 31:
7 p.m. Welcome (Tiffanie Harrison)
7:10 p.m. Discussion of “New Kid” by Jerry Kraft
7:45 p.m. Discussion of “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas
8:30 p.m. Discussion of “How to Be an Antiracist” by Ibram X. Kendi