Not In Our Town Princeton

Next Continuing Conversation Monday, 1/7/19

As many of you know, NOT IN OUR TOWN PRINCETON is a multi-racial, multi-faith group of individuals who stand together for racial justice and inclusive communities. Our focus is to promote the equitable treatment of all, and to uncover and confront white supremacy — a system which manipulates and pits all races and ethnicities against each other.

Our goal is to identify and expose the political, economic, and cultural systems which have enabled white supremacy to flourish, and to create new structures and policies which will ensure equity and inclusion for all. In our commitment to uncovering the blight of white supremacy on our humanity, we take responsibility to address it and eliminate it in all its forms through intentional action, starting with ourselves and our communities.

Below is a list of our four most recent programs; watch this space for what to look forward to!


 

Tuesday, September 4: “Racial Battle Fatigue: In This Time of Turmoil.” Presenter: Dr. Don Trahan

Monday, October 1: “Urban Traumatic Stress Disorder.” Presenter Dr. Dale Caldwell

Monday, November 5:”Black Citizenship.” Presenter Jordan Wouk

Monday, December 3 “Liberating Public Policy Theologically.” Presenter Rev. Dr. Charles Frederick Boyer

We welcome anyone who is committed to working towards building genuinely inclusive communities and working for racial justice… please join us, and bring a friend!

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T.M. Landry and the Tragedy of Viral Success Stories

In his New York Times op ed, Casey Gerald, author of There Will Be No Miracles Here, reflects on the expose about the Louisiana school T. M. Landry and his own experience from a poor neighborhood in Texas through Yale, Wall Street, and the Washington political scene.  He concludes “The American dream can also destroy people who make it ‘out’. . . . We need to stop substituting hopeful stories for justice. We must ensure that all children have a true opportunity to realize their potential. We ought to subscribe to a new vision of success, where the goal is not just great kids, but free and whole ones too.”  To read the complete essay, click here.

Isabel Wilkerson at Princeton University, December 11, 2018

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On Tuesday, December 11, 5:30 pm7:30 pm, Isabel Wilkerson will be speaking at Princeton University’s Betts Auditorium.
Pulitzer Prize winner and National Humanities Medal recipient Isabel Wilkerson is the author of The New York Times bestseller and National Book Critics Circle Award winner The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration. A gifted storyteller, Wilkerson captivates audiences with the universal human story of migration and reinvention, as well as the enduring search for the American dream.

Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for her work as Chicago bureau chief for The New York Times, making her the first black woman in the history of American journalism to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first African-American to win for individual reporting in the history of American journalism. She later taught narrative nonfiction at Princeton as a Ferris Professor of Journalism.

Antiracism and America

With his essay, “This is what an antiracist America would look like. How do we get there?,” Ibram X. Kendi, author of Stamped from the Beginning 2016 National Book Award winner for nonfiction and Founding Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, inaugurates a collaboration between the Center and the Guardian newspaper, “an ongoing series that sheds light on the structures at the root of racial inequities. It highlights the ideas of writers, scholars, activists, and others focused on dismantling these structures in an attempt to move to an antiracist America.”  This issue includes two more articles, “I went to prison for 19 years. Here is why I didn’t become a statistic” byWhat led Chicago to shutter dozens of majority-black schools? Racism” by Eve Ewing.

 

African American History Events, December 11, 2018

“Open Archive: Segregation in Princeton,” Princeton Public Library, 5:30-7:00 PM

Explore original artifacts and archival materials that tell the story of segregation in Princeton – from businesses to schools to the local fight for civil rights. Presented in conjunction with PPL and HSP’s Princeton Plan exhibition.

“If These Stones Could Talk; Talk and Book Signing,” Johnson Education Center, D&R Greenway, 1 Preservation Place, 6:30 PM

Authors Elaine Buck and Beverly Mills’, former board members of the Stoutsburg Cemetery Association, book provides a unique window to African- Americans in New Jersey previously missing from the historical record.

RSVP to rsvp@drgreenway.org or 609-924-4646.

The Luck of the Irish, December 6-8, 2018

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Written by Kirsten Greenidge

Directed by Chamari White-Mink ’20

In mid-twentieth century America, a black family can only buy the house of their dreams if their name is not on the title. The choices they make in search of a better life still echo fifty years later as their family must continue to tackle questions of ownership, “the order of things” and what it takes to belong.

November 30-December 2, 2018 December 6-8, 2018

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