Listen. Learn. Act to End Racism
Points of Light partners with Morehouse College in this social justice initiative to fight systemic racism.
Listen. Learn. Act to End Racism is a Points of Light initiative in partnership with Morehouse College that is designed to empower businesses, nonprofits and individuals to use their influence to fight against systemic racism.
Join us and listen and learn from the racial equity movement experts, partner organizations, grassroots organizers and everyday people who have experienced racism and are fighting against injustice. Our goal is to help provide a forum in which people can begin difficult conversations about racism in a framework that will allow them to gain understanding and learn how to take action that is accessible and impactful in their local communities. As an ally, Points of Light will support in solidarity people of color by providing resources approved by leading experts that can advance their networks, capacity and professional development.
On Thursday, May 20, Points of Light and Morehouse College led a conversation that explored the origins of laws and policies and their connection to race and systemic racism. Amidst public demands for systems reform, alternative approaches and racial justice, experts and community leaders shared successful models and effective solutions for public safety reform currently at work in communities. Attendees learned specific actions to support constructive conversations and positive changes in the paradigm of public safety and policing.
Join Points of Light and Morehouse College on April 21 at 1 p.m. for our next conversation, “Race and Equity in Volunteering: From Lived Experience to Leadership.” Volunteers support and represent work in every aspect of our social fabric, providing essential support, enriching our communities and cultural life, and taking action where change is needed. However, volunteerism can also reinforce patterns of power and privilege that uphold systemic racism. In this conversation, our audience will learn how to recognize volunteer activities and patterns that perpetuate inequities, how to thoughtfully engage community, and ultimately, how volunteer engagement, when designed well, can be a part of supporting an end to racial inequity and social injustice.
Women have long played a central role in shaping movements. On March 18, during this special conversation on civic engagement during Women’s History Month, we heard from leading women activists from the Atlanta Student Movement of the 1960s and today’s leaders who are at the forefront of the national social justice movement in an exploration of history’s influence on the present. Attendees gained insights from civic leaders and activists on the frontline of change in two of the most pivotal social justice movements of our time. Watch now for an engaging conversation about the role and influence of women in contemporary national social justice movements and the power of civic activism.
Successes achieved by civil and human rights leaders in the twentieth century were monumental, and we continue to see alternative models of social justice-oriented leadership emerge in the twenty-first century. On Feb. 25, 2021 this session covered the dynamics and importance of academic institutions, in collaboration with historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other civic and corporate organizations, in preparing the next generation of social justice-oriented leaders. Attendees explored the role institutions and organizations, academic or otherwise, are playing to prepare the next generation to show up and stand up. In the words of Morehouse alumnus, Martin Luther King, Jr., to become “drum majors for justice."
Points of Light values inclusivity, diversity and equality, and we stand with people who are taking action for a more just and equitable world. We believe systemic racism is a threat to democracy, culture, and to the people impacted by the injustices and inequities it creates. Now more than ever before, people are ready to dismantle racism and the systems that perpetuate it but often don’t know where to start. We believe every action matters, and that civic engagement takes many forms and is critical to advancing causes that improve society for everyone.
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