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December 2, 2021

From critical race theory to the 1619 Project, Black intellectuals are reshaping conversations on race in America. Now seven of those preeminent voices share their insight on the reckoning with race in America in three parts: past, present, and future. Gain a foundational understanding of the history of white supremacy and discover a path forward through the limitless capacity and resilience of Black love.

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Join seven leading Black scholars and deepen your understanding of white supremacy in the U.S. in the first of an empowering three-part class on the reckoning with race in America. Learn from these groundbreaking journalists, activists, philosophers, and professors:

Jelani Cobb, staff writer at The New Yorker and professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism

Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, creator of the term “critical race theory” and professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School

Angela Davis, distinguished professor emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of “Women, Race & Class”

Nikole Hannah-Jones, creator of the 1619 Project and Knight Chair of Race and Journalism at Howard University

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund

John McWhorter, contributor at The Atlantic and professor at Columbia University

Cornel West, professor of philosophy and Christian practice at Union Theological Seminary and author of 20 books

In Part I: Past, learn about the American history you weren’t taught in school, from the 14th and 15th Amendments to the origins of the call to defund the police. Together, these thought leaders invite you to raise your awareness. Gain a foundational understanding of the history of white supremacy and how it affects today—and embrace the power and resilience of Black love.

Part II: Present, coming January 2022
Part II: Future, coming February 2022

Lessons in this online class include:
Black Love: Like No Other
Black People and the Promise of Democracy
• The Plantation: The Birthplace of American Capitalism
• Consider the Humanity of Enslaved People
• The Triumph of Black English
Black Women and the Struggle for Liberation
• What They Didn’t Teach You About the End of the Civil War
• Why You Should Know the 14th Amendment
• Emancipation and the Supreme Court
• The Redeemer Constitution
Black Health in America
Freedom, Love, and the Blues
• Equality in Education Before Brown
• The History and Influence of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
• Extraordinary Black Voices: Du Bois and Wells
• The Power of the Black Vote
• Violence, Change, and the Law

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