Sunday, March 21 – “The Land of Our Fathers, Part 2 / Discussion continues on the “The 1619 Project”. The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. You can learn more about the 1619 project at this link: The link to the podcasts and transcripts is:

On March 28, Peace & Social Concerns is leading a book study of How to Be An Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi. To quote from Mr. Kendi’s website: “In his memoir, Kendi weaves together an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science–including the story of his own awakening to antiracism–bringing it all together in a cogent, accessible form. He begins by helping us rethink our most deeply held, if implicit, beliefs and our most intimate personal relationships (including beliefs about race and IQ and interracial social relations) and reexamines the policies and larger social arrangements we support. How to Be an Antiracist promises to become an essential book for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step of contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.”

During the first session on March 28, we will discuss the introduction, “My Racist Introduction” and Chapter 1, “Definitions”. We will have a second First Day Forum session (TBA). If there is enough interest, we will arrange further sessions at mutually agreeable times other than the First Day Forum times. The book can be purchased through Mr. Kendi’s website, as well as other book retailers.