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!
Teacher and Not in Our Town Princeton facilitator, Dr. Joy Barnes-Johnson was awarded the 2019 NJEA Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human and Civil Rights award. While they neglected to mention the award and her co-teaching the first Princeton High School racial literacy course, which she created with Ms. Patty Manhart, Town Topics has a profile about Dr. Barnes-Johnson’s teaching career. Click here to read the article.
In the days leading up to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jaime L of the New York Times interviews Bryan Stevenson about incarceration, American history, and Dr. King. ” If we had done the work that we should have done in the 20th century to combat our history of racial inequality, no one could win national office after demonizing people because they’re Mexican or Muslim. We would be in a place where we would find that unacceptable.” To read more, click here.
Following Sandra Oh’s telling her parents “I love you.” in Korean as she accepted the Golden Globe, Viet Thanh Nguyen addresses parent-child relationships in the Asian American community and the price paid for the lack of representation and the presentation of distorted images of Asians by the media. “We are still the Asian invasion in the eyes of many . . . . we must assert ourselves and speak out against racism when it is directed against us, we must also do so when it benefits us. And we do that by challenging and changing the American story. ” Read Nguyen’s op ed by clicking here.
Premiering at the George Street Playhouse (103 College Farm Rd, New Brunswick, NJ) in January is Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical. Following a critically acclaimed performance in this season’s American Hero, Laiona Michelle returns to the Playhouse to play the legendary jazz singer, songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone. This new musical, which runs January 29 through February, 24, 2019, is filled with personal stories and songs performed in Michelle’s exuberant and crowd-pleasing style. Purchase tickets at this link.