Black Lives Matter
Sunday, November 15, 2015 @ noon in Fellowship Hall
Old Ship conversation around Black Lives Matter. We hung the banner… what does it mean?
Ken Read-Brown's Sermon: September 20, 2015 - Naming Lives That Matter
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) speaks to the Black Lives Matter movement. Several of these articles were published in UU World, the magazine for liberal religion and life that we receive with membership in Old Ship.
• November 5, 2015: Message from UUA President Peter Morales on the Movement for Black Lives here
• November 1, 2015: "Powerfully, adamantly, dangerously afraid" A discussion among 5 UUs of color about Ta-Nehisi Coates' provocative new book Between the World and Me. here
• October 26, 2015: What UU churches learn when they proclaim Black Lives Matter here
• August 10, 2015: Five ways to support Black Lives Matter here
• Read the 2015 Action of Immediate Witness "Support the Black Lives Matter Movement," as adopted by the UUA's General Assembly in June, 2015.
Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White: "I’m a white woman, raised in Winchester, Massachusetts during the socially turbulent 1960s and ‘70s. After a blissfully sheltered, upper-middle-class suburban childhood, I found myself simultaneously intrigued and horrified by the racial divide I observed in Boston. From 1984 to 2009 my work in urban neighborhoods and schools left me feeling helpless. Why did people live so differently along racial lines? Why were student outcomes so divergent? Why did I get so jumpy when talking to a person of color? Where did the fear of saying something stupid or offensive come from, and why couldn’t I make it go away? The more I tried to understand racial dynamics, the more confused I became... My book Waking Up White is the story of my two-steps-forward-one-step back journey away from racial ignorance. I continue to study racism and strategies for its undoing while working to educate other white people confused and frustrated by racism." Meet Debby's mentors and learn more here.
Boston.com: October, 2015 The New England father of an 8 year-old African-American girl wrote an open letter to his neighbor after the “Black Lives Matter” sign he posted on his lawn drew an anonymous complaint.
WBUR On Point: October 28, 2015 Black Lives Matter, Cops And American Crime FBI chief James Comey suggests Black Lives Matter has police backing off and crime pushing up. The Justice Department says not so. We’ll dive in.
WGBH October 2, 2015 Basic Black discussion of the Black Lives Matter movement: history, backlash, splintering, and future, comparisons with the civil rights movement of the '60s. Watch here.
WBUR News September 29, 2015: Local Activists Applaud Elizabeth Warren's Speech on Black Lives Matter
Read commentary and listen here. Follow the links at the end of the piece for more.