Enduring Racism Speaker Series

This series is a yearlong invitation to join in an open and honest conversation about racism and its many forms in American Society. Through the sharing of our stories and scholarship, we trust that as a community we can begin the process of overcoming the pain and degradation of racism.

  • Seamless Thread: The structural foundation of mass incarceration 
    • Today there are more than 2.3 million people incarcerated in American jails and prisons, making the United States a leader in locking people up. How did we get here? The structural foundation of this crisis is rooted in both politics and policy. To understand the dynamics of modern day imprisonment, we must focus on the historical and persistent criminalization of communities of color. By following the thread from American slavery, to Jim Crow, to the War on Drugs, we will examine the way the criminal legal system has been an enduring and destructive form of social control and punishment. 
    • Presenter: Rashaan D. Hall Esq.  
      • Director, Racial Justice Program, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts
    • Wednesday, 2/13 11-12:15  - Library Lobby

  • Movie viewing: Hate U Give 
    • Friday, 2/15 
    • 11-1 Forum (Popcorn courtesy of Student Activities)
  • Movie viewing: If Beale Street Could Talk 
    • Wednesday, 3/20
    • 11am-1pm TBA (Popcorn courtesy of Student Activities)

  • If Beale Street Could Talk discussion with Gaylord Saulsberry
    • Wednesday 3/27
    • 11am-1pm  DON 303 (Library) 
    • Light Refreshments

For more information on the following events: 
Mary J. O'Connor at moconnor@hcc.edu/413.552.2422 
Camille Close at cclose@hcc.edu/413.552.2277