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.
Women have long played a central role in shaping movements. Join Points of Light and Morehouse College on March 18 at 1 p.m. ET for a special conversation on civic engagement during Women’s History Month. Hear 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 will gain insights from civic leaders and activists on the frontline of change in two of the most pivotal social justice movements of our time. Join us 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."
Education is a key step in the fight to end racism. On Jan. 12, 2021, Anneliese A. Singh, Ph.D., LPC, author, professor and Associate Provost for Diversity and Faculty Development at Tulane University, helped raise our race-consciousness by challenging stereotypes, reframing the history of racism and its impact on our lives, and share why healing from racism is an integral part of dismantling it, along with speaker Doug Osborne, M.A. Health Educator, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and President of the Sitka Cycling Club and moderator Jennifer Nash, Vice President, Corporate Solutions and Capacity Building, Points of Light. Attendees learned strategies for self-reflection, how oppression happens and the steps to becoming a racial ally.
On Nov. 19, we hosted the first conversation of our Listen. Learn. Act to End Racism initiative, in partnership with Morehouse College. Our panelists were Dr. Bernice A. King, CEO, The King Center; Frederick J. Riley, executive director, the Aspen Institute’s Weave: The Social Fabric Project; and Michael Smith, executive director, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance; with conversation moderated by our President & CEO, Natalye Paquin. Dr. David A. Thomas, president of Morehouse College, which highlighted topics of conversation that helped make sense of the history, as well as current manifestations and the impact of systemic racism.
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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