Not In Our Town Princeton

At the Library, January 19: author on slave trade

This film, at the Princeton Public Library, is of great interest to NIOT and its friends, as excerpted in the library bulletin.

Thinking Allowed with: C. S. Manegold, in the Community Room

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m.

The author’s “Ten Hills Farm: The Forgotten History of Slavery in the North” is the saga of five generations of slave owners in colonial New England, prominent dynasties tied to the Native American and Atlantic slave trades. The author exposes how the fortunes of these families and the fate of the 600-acre estate were bound to the tragic legacy of slavery. Manegold begins in the early 17th century and follows the history through to the present, bringing the story of slavery in the North full circle.

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Thanks Barbara,

I also found the Labbe-DeBose article interesting and relevant to our (PPL drop-in) discussion last week. In fact, I thought the whole PAW issue was worth reading.

Regarding our discussion last week, I felt that everyone there wanted to learn how to be a better agent of change and was looking for insights into how to be more effective in confronting racism.

In our next get-together, it might be useful to share our own experiences – in our schools, work places, faith communities, families – where we have seen aspects of racism and talk about how we responded – whether successfully or unsuccessfully.


Forged Friendships

In “Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege” on January 4 at the Princeton Public Library, some of the discussion focused on racial dialogue, or the lack of it, at Princeton University. Here is a Princeton Alumni Weekly article, written by Theola Labbe, on how a white student struggled to find interracial experiences and succeeded, in Melissa Harris Lacewell’s class. Excerpts below and for the complete article click here.

“But once she moved to campus, Hutton was disappointed to find that Princeton didn’t hold the key to forging friendships across racial and ethnic lines. Instead, she says, she found students in her dorm sticking together by their shared associations, and one of the factors that determined friendships was race. She found an opening on the academic side when her adviser suggested that Hutton take a course, “Disaster, Race and American Politics,” taught last fall by a new professor, Melissa Harris-Lacewell.

“Hutton, the sophomore who wanted a diverse group of friends when she came to Princeton, says that the class has changed both her course of study and her perspective. She has decided to focus on issues of race and is taking a class on race and public policy. She finally has the more diverse group of friends that she sought when she came to Princeton, and she’s able to have more honest conversations with them about race. And recently, Hutton joined the board of the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding — as a “little activist in a pearl-wearing package,” she says.”

Not in Our Town will host the next “Continuing Conversations” is February 2, when the discussion will focus on Jennifer Baszile’s book “The Black Girl Next Door.”

Barbara Fox

Thanks to Carole and Joyce for emceeing such a good, indepth, probing session, “Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege” at the Princeton Public Library.

We were especially happy to welcome these participants: Dan, Elizabeth, Chrystal, Lisa, LeRhonda, Paula, Amy, and Roberto.

Just for the record, the regular NIOT board members who attended were: Carole, Joyce, Fern, Larry, Jim, Wilma, Kate, Linda, Marietta, and Barbara.

It would be terrific if we could continue the conversation on line. Anybody can put a comment on this post. Perhaps you have some additional thoughts about the problem Roberto posed.

To write longer, to put up your own post, just email me what you want to say and I’ll put it up. That works for now and I can “sign you in” to be a co-author later. Perhaps you have some additional thoughts about the problem Roberto posed.

Try to get hold of the Jennifer Baszile’s book “The Black Girl Next Door.” It will be the topic for our February Conversation on Monday, February 4, and Jennifer Baszile will speak at the library on Sunday, February 7. Our “Conversations” will continue on first Mondays at 7:30 through June.

Warm wishes for a cold January!

Minority Education Committee

Tara Doaty and Daniel Jean on left from our August 29th event the next event will be January 16 2010

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