FCC is offering several class sessions from our Fall ’19 and Spring ‘20 curriculum this summer. These topics are perennially relevant, but may be of special interest to you because of renewed energy to the civil rights movement for Black lives this past month. Committee members will facilitate weekly Zoom meetings, giving participants an opportunity to consider and discuss the following articles and audio-visual resources.
Maybe you could not attend one of these classes the first time, or you weren’t aware of the class at the time. Maybe you did attend and want to revisit the content again for review and re-enrichment. Either way, we’d love your presence and participation! Classes are free. Content is generally appropriate for all ages. No prior study is required, and all are welcome. If you cannot attend the classes, please visit the resources through the links below.
Connecting & Learning
in the Way
sponsored by FCC Adult Education Committee
Mondays at 7:30 pm
June 22 through August 10
(no class July 27)
Power and Purpose of Protest
This session will be a group-read-aloud and conversation using a brief article from the Anti-Defamation League’s blog called Table Talk: Family Conversations about Current Events. “Power and Purpose of Protest” examines the reasons for and history of protests and non-violent resistance. Our conversation will by generated by the list of conversation questions at the end of the article.
Excerpts from The 1619 Project
July 6, 13, 20 & August 3
Our discussion will rely heavily on the August 18, 2019 issue of the New York Times Magazine called The 1619 Project. This Project was created with the goal of re-examining the legacy of slavery in the United States and timed for the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Africans in Virginia.
The living artists, writers, and scholars who contributed to this magazine issue and the broader project will receive the primary focus and place of honor as our course teachers. We will take time to appreciate, in general, their broader life work, but also the courage and care they offered in wrestling with a particular topic or event of US Black history to make their individual contribution to the Project.
July 6: Journalists - Ida B. Wells-Barnett & Nikole Hannah-Jones
July 13: Poets - Eve Ewing & Tyehimba Jess
July 20: Filmmakers & Plotmakers – Barry Jenkins, Gabriel Prosser & Denmark Vesey
August 3: Historians & Photographers – Anne C. Bailey & Dannielle Bowman
“Why Bring it Up?”
Raising Race Conscious Children
This session will be an introduction to a parenting resource: a website called Raising Race Conscious Children. We will read and discuss “Why Bring it Up? Pushing Back Against White Supremacy” in which a parent describes their process of using multiple daily interactions to help children start noticing how majority white culture is presented as the default culture.
Slurs and Biased Language
This session will be an overview of a resource from an Anti-Defamation League blog called Table Talk: Family Conversations about Current Events. The article “Slurs and Biased Language” provides a list of open-ended questions that caregivers can use as discussion starters with children, and ideas of how anyone could respond when in the presence of slurs or biased language being used to target someone