As we approach the presidential election, it’s more important now than ever that we continue the fight for racial justice. This means we have to learn, unlearn, act, support, donate, protest, listen. Whether you show up online or in person, you are doing the work necessary to make the change we so desperately need in this country and around the world to stop racism and embrace each other as equals.
Below is a list of local in person and online events taking place between Tuesday, September 29 – Thursday, October 1. 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
The Gray Zone, Part 1 – I’m Not a White Girl
The Gray Zone, Part 2 – My Creole Heritage
The Gray Zone, Part 3 – They Called Them Freejacks
Black Lives Matter Peaceful Protest
Wednesday, September 30 at 3:00-6:00PM
UT Austin Tower – 110 Inner Campus Drive, Austin, TX 78705
Protesters will “play dead” at the UT Main Lawn to bring more awareness about the Black Lives Matter movement in Austin. Black people have lived through a long history of injustice. This protest aims to advocate and spread awareness so that the lives lost will not go unnoticed by the current system’s leaders.
National Youth Summit on Teen Resistance to Racial Injustice
Tuesday, September 29 at 1:30-3:00PM
The Carver Museum will host critical conversations with and for youth participants on how they can create racial equity in their communities. National Youth Summit events bring middle and high school students together with scholars, teachers, policy experts, and activists in a national conversation about important events in America’s past that have relevance to the nation’s present and future. This event will feature a “Be the Change” performance by SaulPaul joined by co- facilitators/panelists Dr. Theodore Francis, Huston-Tillotson University; Temeika Thomas, Manor ISD Board of Trustee member; Fredrico Geib, Education Coordinator-Teen Programs at Mexican American Cultural Center with Carver Educational Staff. Educational resources will be shared with attendees. Once you are RSVP’d, you will receive Zoom info the day of the conference.
Calling all educators! Join the LBJ Presidential Library for their 10-week webinar series tackling systemic racism in education and empowering stakeholders with information and tools to affect change in their schools and communities.
This action-oriented series will scratch the surface answering the questions:
🔹 How did we get here?
🔹 Where are we now?
🔹 What can we do about it?
Eremos Book Reflection: “The Inner Work of Racial Justice”
Thursday, October 1 at 7:00-8:30PM
Purchase tickets here
This a 90-minute facilitated session (DATES VARY BY GROUP) to discuss the book The Inner Work of Racial Justice: Healing Ourselves and Transforming our Communities through Mindfulness by Rhonda V. Magee. Sessions include time for silence, reflection, and sharing. No experience with the practice of mindfulness is required. Come as you are with your fears, vulnerabilities, and openness to listen and change. There will be time for silence, reflection, and sharing each week. Visit the Eremos website to select a group facilitator and meeting times that work with your schedule.
***There will be a 90-minute Zoom conversation with Ms. Magee on Thursday, October 8th at 7:00pm Central.
From Eremos: “The summer of 2020 has brought an awakening to many that we need to do our own “work” to help be part of the powerful call to bring about real change in our communities and country to ensure words, beliefs, acts, and policies of racism are no longer tolerated.”
Through mindfulness and deep compassion, any one of us, whatever our heritage, may become clearer about our relationship to racism and how we relate to others in ways that actually, though unintentionally, contribute to it. – Rhonda V. Magee
$50 + book.
(Or, $70 for both events)
We’ll post an updated event list on Friday, October 2.