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January 11, 2022

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 II, uncover more than a century of American history you weren’t taught in school, from emancipation to the origins of critical race theory and beyond. Together, these changemakers invite you to find inspiration in the strength of Black love. Gain critical context for understanding the present moment.

Part III: Future, coming February 2022

Lessons in this online class include:
• Know the Black Intellectual Tradition
• Lynching, White Supremacy, and the Law
• Transcending Victimization
• The Least Insured and the Most Sick
• Government-Fostered Segregation
• Thurgood Marshall and the Key to Black Citizenship
• The Most Monumental Court Case, Perhaps Ever
• The Fight for Fair Housing
• The Government’s “Riot Report”
• Life as a Revolutionary
• Rolling Back the Voting Rights Act
• Intersectionality: Where Race Meets Gender
• The Importance of Anita Hill
• White Supremacy and Policing
• Race, Crime, and Punishment
• Critical Race Theory: The Origin
• Defining Racism
• The Myth of Colorblindness
• Speaking Truth to Black People

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