The discussion about race and racism has been at the forefront of our national discussion in the last few years. While change is slow, many people have been utilizing excellent resources, including books, videos, lectures, and discussion groups, to understand the history and present reality of racism in the USA. Most of these resources address the many aspects of race and racism at the national level. We are realizing how little we really learned from our formal education. It is also apparent that we cannot solve today’s concerns without understanding our history.
The folks at Rethinking Racism, a local collaborative effort, have also been aware that the same is true at the city and state levels. But there has not been an easy tool to help Cincinnatians understand our local history. Yet without the local history, it is nearly impossible to address the local effects of racism, or celebrate the rich history of black people in Cincinnati.
Rethinking Racism members have created a toolkit, a collection of readings and other materials, to dig into our local history and reflect on what that means for us today. Heritage UU Church’s Racial Justice Team is convening a 4-part discussion using the Toolkit, “Race and Racism in Cincinnati.” The first two sessions will be held on Tuesday, October 15, and Tuesday, November 19, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. The second two sessions will take place in January and February, 2020 (dates TBD). Facilitators for the series are Louise Lawarre, Rae Jane Araujo, and Tracey DuEst. To participate in the series, please email: