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WHITE FRAME / BLACK FRAME: Seeing the Hidden Roots of Racial Realities
A 6-session film / facilitated dialogue course* presented by
America’s Black Holocaust Museum
Every other Monday – beginning on April 11 & ending on June 20, 2016
Loos Room, Centennial Hall • 733 N. 8th Street, Milwaukee • 6:00-9:00pm
FREE / Open to the public
*We ask participants to commit to attending all sessions, as each builds on the last.
(Forming small groups with regular participants fosters a safe atmosphere so meaningful dialogue can happen.)
WHY THIS COURSE?
We all see the world through the lens of our personal experiences: lessons learned at home, in school, and with friends and associates. In our racially divided society, whites, blacks, and other persons of color tend to acquire very different sets of experiences. Intractable residential segregation means that most of us have limited opportunities for close, extended relationships across this divide. In fact, most whites and blacks in this country have lived in separate realities for over 400 years. Furthermore, most Americans–white and black–learn too little about our country’s racial history in school.
For the white population, in particular, these conditions make it hard to understand how others experience life in America. Yet many want to. In the last two years in particular, the killings of unarmed African Americans by police has stimulated a new national conversation about race and racism. During this time, ABHM has provided a safe forum for interracial learning and dialogue on these issues. Our goal is to support Milwaukee’s citizens in acquiring the prerequisites for racial repair and healing: information and empathy. ABHM makes seldom-told stories and research accessible to the general public through public history/critical issues dialogue programs and exhibits in our virtual (online) museum.
WHAT WILL BE DISCUSSED?
ABHM’s racially diverse program participants tell us they want to understand more about each other’s personal perspectives and talk about such tough issues as structural and internalized racism, prejudice, colorblindness, white privilege, and how to make a difference. Participants want to be able to contextualize current events in the light of history. For these reasons, this year’s theme, White Frame/Black Frame, centers on the historical reasons that blacks and whites have come to hold different perspectives on our current racial realities.
IS THERE A TEXTBOOK?
No reading is required. Each session we will watch a short documentary or narrative film to start us thinking. Then we’ll break into small dialogue groups of 7-8 participants to practice actively listening and sharing our personal experiences and thoughts related to the session’s topic. Groups will be guided by specially trained facilitators. Facilitators will also provide reading and viewing lists and other materials as requested by the group.
DO I HAVE TO ATTEND ALL THE SESSIONS?
Yes, to the best of your ability. We understand that unforeseen circumstances may arise over the course of the program. But please sign up only if you feel you can commit and plan now to be there for all six sessions. The depth of the small group's dialogue depends on the trust and rapport you develop by having enough time to get to know each other by working together regularly.
Deadline April 2nd. We recommend that you register early as class size is limited to 48 participants. To help us form small cross-racial dialogue groups that are diverse in terms of race, age and gender, please provide this information on the registration form.
IS THERE A COST?
No, there is no charge for this course. Most costs of this course are covered by a Wisconsin Humanities Council grant. However, donations for the refreshments provided each session or to support other ABHM educational programs are gratefully accepted.
HOW DO I ASK A QUESTION?
Write to email@example.com or call ABHM Head Griot Reggie Jackson (414) 217-9056.
America’s Black Holocaust Museum is grateful to the Wisconsin Humanities Council for their support of this public program.