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Dresher Center Statement on Anti-Black Racism

The Dresher Center for the Humanities stands in solidarity with members of our Black community and other communities suffering across the nation. We mourn and condemn the murder of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many others. We recognize the injustice of a system of mass incarceration rooted in white supremacy under which Black and Brown women and men, including queer and trans people, are unduly subject to violence. We rededicate ourselves at this time to calling out and taking action to oppose white supremacy and the powerful systems of racial injustice that remain at work in the United States, including in institutions of higher education. We will use our platform, programming, and voices to bring the tools of the humanities to work against racism and for social justice.

To start, we offer the following list of resources for work against anti-Black racism. While not definitive, it is our hope that this list provides articles, books, podcasts, films, and other media that will be stepping stones towards a wider conversation.

Anti-Black Racism Resources

Also, in partnership with the Center for Social Science Scholarship, we invite you to attend an online Drop-in Session on Friday June 12 at 10:00 A.M. to consider how can we use our roles as faculty, teachers, chairs/directors, mentors, and and graduate students to work towards racial justice, social change, civic action, community action, and pedagogical engagement.

Please register here for this event and submit your questions, resources, or goals for action that you would like to see addressed in the session. We will follow up with a Google Meet invitation before the June 12th session. Questions? Contact Courtney Hobson: chobson1@umbc.edu

In solidarity,

The Dresher Center for the Humanities