February 17, 5:00 p.m. PST
February 10, 3:30pm (PST): The World Without Whiteness
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
In the face of the ongoing atrocity of police brutality and in recognition of how "white silence" is also a form of violence, Dr. Vajra Watson tackles the tough question of what the world would be without Whiteness. Watson investigates the ways that Whites strategically move from White Fragility to White Accountability, towards a Critical White Consciousness that doesn't seek to emulate its past, but run forward into its future. Come listen as Dr. Watson discusses how to uproot whiteness as a means to upend racism, supremacy and racial injustice.
View the Recording: tu.edu/diversitynow
AVAILABLE TO ALL TUC STUDENTS, FACULTY, AND STAFF
A varied selection of books and films on Black history are available in the TUC Library! Most of the books are in e-book format and can be accessed in the TUC Library catalog (library.tu.edu) or by clicking on the live title link.
The few books on the list that are available only in print format and the DVDs can be checked out via the library's curbside service or mailed. The streaming videos are available from the Library on Canvas.
We hope you find books and films of interest to you on this list. If you have any comments or questions, contact the general Library e-mail address: email@example.com.
A Message from the Provost
Throughout the month of February, Touro University California will promote and highlight some of the best thoughts and observations to come from our “54 for Humanity” project this previous Fall. This project centered around social and racial justice, with basis in the Selma to Montgomery March to promote racial equity. We will continue with this initiative as faculty and staff collaborate on a special video project to commemorate this month with the recognition it deserves.
As Provost I am incredibly grateful for the contributions made to our campus by our many Black faculty, staff, and students. As a campus, we continue to search for ways to further diversify the TUC family.
The purpose of Black History month is to emphasize and honor the achievements, contributions, and impact of Black Americans in the United States. It is also an important reminder of an often violent and racist history, and of the ongoing struggle for racial equity. This history has been challenging and painful but is ultimately a triumphant chapter in our nation’s development over time, telling the story of heroism in the face of injustice. It is also essential to note that this history is an ongoing one, with much work left to be done to advance social and racial equity. It is important to recognize Black History as being integral to the stories of all Americans.
Black History month also necessitates an acknowledgement of some of the most shameful parts of American history, including slavery, Jim Crow, segregation, and police brutality. A journal entry dated August of 1619 notes the arrival of two dozen Angolans, kidnapped by the Portuguese and brought to the English colony of Virginia. Both free and enslaved Africans are believed to have lived in the Americas from as early as the 1400s, but this journal entry is thought to be the origins of the African slave trade in the United States. Slavery grew over the following decades. An estimated 7 million Africans were brought to the U.S. through the slave trade in the 1800s alone, although the true number is difficult to accurately calculate.
By 1831, a slow change began to work across the land, with the Nat Turner Revolt, the Underground Railroad, and the publication of the abolitionist newspaper “The Liberator,” all starting that year. However, movement forward was always met with backsliding, with one of the most notorious examples being the 1857 Dred Scott case resulting in the Supreme Court’s affirmation of the legitimacy of slavery. Two years later, John Brown’s assault on Harper’s Ferry, followed by the Civil War and the passage of the 13th Amendment in the 1860s, were important steps towards advancing racial equity.
With the 14th and 15th Amendments following not long after, assuring voting rights and rights to due process, the foundations for Black History Month were laid. Carter Woodson and Jesse Moorland established the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915, 50 years after the passage of the 13th Amendment, as a means to research and highlight the contributions of Blacks to American history. By 1926 an observation of Negro History Week was created, coinciding in February near the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. With the rise of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, the celebration was expanded to the entire month of February.
Contributions by Black Americans in the fields of education, arts, sports, military service, science and more are central to the celebration of this month. Just a few of these figures include Bayard Rustin, a prominent gay, Black activist who did much of the organizing for the March on Washington, astronaut, physician, and engineer Mae Jemison, Marsha P. Johnson, the influential transgender woman who founded STAR to house homeless queer youth, Bessie Colman, the world’s first licensed Black pilot, Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to congress in 1969, Jesse Owens, the Olympic track athlete, and Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, the first Black female doctor in the United States. Black history month emphasizes that, in the words of Carter Woodson, history is made by the people—and that we should emphasize the countless Black individuals who have worked to push us closer to a just and prosperous future.
As our Constitution suggests a striving toward, “a more perfect union,” Black History Month is an acknowledgement of our imperfect past, as well as a dedication to work each day to make our nation more equitable than it was the day before. Please join me in celebrating this month so that we may all work together to make things on this campus and across the country a little more perfect for everyone.
Sarah M. Sweitzer, PhD
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