America’s history of racial inequality continues to undermine fair treatment, equal justice, and opportunity for many Americans. The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) believes we must acknowledge the truth about our history before we can heal: truth and reconciliation are sequential.

As a nation, we have not yet acknowledged our history of racial injustice, including the genocide of Native people, the legacy of slavery and racial terror, and the legally-supported abuse of racial minorities.

When we engage truthfully with our history, we are better equipped to address contemporary issues ranging from mass incarceration, immigration, and human rights to how we think and talk about cultural moments and icons.

EJI designed A History of Racial Injustice as a set of tools for learning more about people and events in American history that are critically important but not well known. This digital experience highlights events on this day in history with rich detail and intuitive sharing features. Find the daily /monthly calendar here

Racial Justice Events in Marin

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Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963–1983
Now through March 15, 2020 at the de Young

This internationally acclaimed exhibition, organized by Tate Modern, celebrates art made by Black artists during two pivotal decades when issues of race and identity dominated and defined both public and private discourse. The de Young’s presentation includes a focus on Bay Area artists whose work promoted personal and cultural pride, collective solidarity and empowerment, and political and social activism.

Honoring the incredible legacy of Black Power in the San Francisco Bay Area, the de Young museum is hosting a line-up of programming and partners tied to celebrating this landmark exhibition. Featuring renowned artists, performers, musicians, activists, civic leaders, and others, these programs welcome special guests from around the Bay Area to bring Black Power to the forefront. Find information here.

Sun, March 22, 3:00-4:30 pm Racial Justice Book Discussion: Corte Madera Library, 707 Meadowsweet. One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy by Carol Anderson.

From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of White Rage, the startling–and timely–history of voter suppression in America, with a foreword by Senator Dick Durbin.

In her New York Times bestseller White Rage, Carol Anderson laid bare an insidious history of policies that have systematically impeded black progress in America, from 1865 to our combustible present. With One Person, No Vote, she chronicles a related history: the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the 2013 Supreme Court decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Known as the Shelby ruling, this decision effectively allowed districts with a demonstrated history of racial discrimination to change voting requirements without approval from the Department of Justice.

Focusing on the aftermath of Shelby, Anderson follows the astonishing story of government-dictated racial discrimination unfolding before our very eyes as more and more states adopt voter suppression laws. In gripping, enlightening detail she explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures. And with vivid characters, she explores the resistance: the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans.

Discussions are open to everyone – find more information here.

Thur, March 26, 7pm — Throckmorton Theatre, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley. The Man Behind The White Guitar is a documentary film about the life and music of the Brazilian Guitarist Jose Pires de Almeida Neto, known as José Neto.  His music and energy have supported major world musicians, including Harry Belafonte and Steve Winwood, as well as the Brazilian greats Flora Purim and Airto Moreira. Neto’s eventful musical journey from Brazil to the US and England taught him the value of a positive spirit and, despite deep life challenges,  his service to music and other artists have earned him international respect. José Neto will be at this screening event.

Episode 5 – parts 1 & 2

Monday, March 30, 6:30pm-8pm Meetup at Aroma Cafe, 1122 4th St., San Rafael. Let’s discuss Episode 5, parts 1 & 2 in the New York Times’ audio series on The 1619 Project, observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed. Find the podcast episodes here.

Tue, March 31, 5:30pm TRUTH Act Forum, Marin County Board of Supervisors chamber, Suite 330 of the Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive, San Rafael. 

The TRUTH Act’s longer name is the Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds Act. Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 2792 into law on September 28, 2016. It pertains to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency and its access to individuals who have come in contact with law enforcement during the 2018 calendar year.

Starting in 2018, the TRUTH Act required local governing bodies in which local law enforcement has provided ICE access to an individual to hold a community forum to receive and consider public comment. As part of the forum, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office will share data it maintains regarding the number and demographic characteristics of individuals to whom the agency has provided any ICE access.

Thur, April 2, 6pm Community Conversation About Race at Drake High School’s Student Center. This event is free to the public and all community members are welcome! Drake High’s Students Organized for Anti-Racism (SOAR) will share with the community insights into their work at Drake. We will then share a meal and build a community conversation about race and racism in Ross Valley.

Saturday, April 4, 1pm – 5pm Do You Want to be an Anti-Racist? Overcoming White Fragility: A Racial Justice Workshop

Free event: click here to pre-register.

Join SURJ Marin as we examine our white fragility and cultivate resilience for coping with it. We’ll draw from the work of racial justice experts including authors Robin D’Angelo and Resmaa Menakem, theater practitioner and political activist Augusto Boal, and activist, racial justice trainer, and psychotherapist Katherine Roubos, MSW. YWCA, 30 North San Pedro Road, San Rafael, CA, 94903

Thur, May 21, 7pm-9pm Sacheen Littlefeather, an Apache actress and activist for Native American rights, will introduce and discuss the film “Reel Injun” at Whistlestop: 930 Tamalpais Avenue, by the train station, with plenty of parking. Admission is a $10-$20 donation for adults and free for children under 15. Popcorn will be sold at a reasonable price. Presented by the Museum of the American Indian.

Find news on upcoming events and actions throughout the Bay Area at SURJ Bay Area’s website!