Upcoming Events
CFR Continues Popular College Hill
and the International Slave Trade
Walking Tours
The CFR's popular College Hill and the International Slave Trade Walking Tours will take place throughout October on both weekday afternoons and Saturday mornings. Rhode Island may be our smallest state but nearly everyone from its wealthiest early citizens to its most recent antebellum immigrants helped the Ocean State become one of the US's largest contributors to the international slave trade. Take a hike through history and discover how College Hill created its wealth and stability and helped lay the foundation for race relations in the state via human trafficking and forced labor. We'll cover about a mile of the neighborhood and more than 300 years of history in two hours. Stops include the John Brown House, Stephen Hopkins House, John Carter Brown Library, University Hall and the historic St. John's Cathedral.

While educational and engaging this is an urban hike. Sidewalks are uneven, we cross a couple of busy streets and there is occasional road construction. Please make sure you dress comfortably and bring water. NOTE: If you are running late look for us inside the John Brown House Museum, our first stop.

PARKING: The tour does not start and end in the same place. Park along Benefit Street between Power and Star, one of the neighboring streets by Benefit Street, the John Brown House's parking lot, or the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island's parking lots. 

Cost: $20. Spaces are limited. Please register in advance. For dates, details and to register, check the CFR website by clicking HERE .

If your group would like to schedule a special tour outside of the regular hours, let us know by sending an email to info@cfrri.org.

Art of Race:
Costumes and Textiles
 0ctober 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
RISD Museum, Chace Center Entrance
20 North Main St., Providence
Art of Race June 2018
Join Elon Cook Lee, CFR program director and curator, and Kate Irvin, Rhode Island School of Design curator of costumes and textiles, for a special opportunity to explore and discuss the racial history of costumes and textiles in the RISD Museum collection. 
Spaces are limited. Please register in advance. If you are replying for more than one person please fill out a separate registration for EACH person with his or her name. If you have any questions please send an email to info@cfrri.org .

Suggested donation: $10 per person. Please note that all donations go toward ensuring that the CFR can continue hosting public programs that are open to ALL regardless of ability to give. To RSVP, CLICK HERE .

In an article titled, "Discussing the Art of Race," RISD's online September 25 News and Events featured the September Art of Race program on contemporary art. To read what RISD has to say about our collaboration, CLICK HERE.

More Upcoming Art of Race Programs (all from 6-7:30 p.m. at the RISD Museum):

  • The Art of Race: Decorative Arts. November 15, 2018. To register, CLICK HERE.

  • The Art of Race: Prints, Drawings and Photographs. January 17, 2019. To register, CLICK HERE.

Race and Voting Rights in Rhode Island: From Slavery to the
Black Power Movement
Wednesday, October 24 6:30-8 p.m.
Cathedral of St. John
271 N. Main St., Providence
Dr. Kerri Greenidge, co-director of the African American Trail Project at the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, joins us again in this election season for a discussion of the rights of everyday American citizens to vote. This year's fraught election cycle, changes to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, an ongoing battle to recover voting rights after incarceration, and the removal of people of color from voter rolls have caused many Americans to question if or how our nation's history of slavery and racial oppression affects these rights.

Suggested donation: $10 per person. Please note that all donations go toward ensuring that the CFR can continue hosting public programs that are open to ALL regardless of ability to give. To register: CLICK HERE .

For more on the history of race and voting rights in America, see "A Crisis for Voting Rights" under Further Resources below.

Race and the Second Amendment
Tuesday, October 30, 6-7:30 p.m.
Cathedr al of St. John
271 N. Main St., Providence
Find out how the history of slavery impacted the creation of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Join a conversation with Professor Carl Bogus, distinguished research professor of law at the Roger Williams University School of Law.

Suggested donation: $10 per person. Please note that all donations go toward ensuring that the CFR can continue hosting public programs that are open to ALL regardless of ability to give. To register: CLICK HERE .

Racial Reconciliation Across
New England
On September 13, the  Stonington Historical Society  invited the CFR to screen "Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North." Pam McDonald, CFR program manager, led about 40 people in a brief discussion after the movie at La Grua Center in Stonington Borough.    The film follows members of the DeWolf family, originally from Bristol, Rhode Island, as they trace their family's involvement in the slave trade.
CFR Racial Justice Events Calendar
The CFR maintains a Racial Justice Events Calendar, showing events around the state that connect with our mission of racial reconciliation. The calendar is updated monthly. To see the calendar, visit our website.

If you want us to include your event on our calendar, please send a link to your event and/or a digital copy of your flier to  eshearer1@cox.net   

Further Resources
"A Crisis for Voting Rights." David A. Moss and Dean Grodzins. The Boston Globe, September 30, 2018. What does it mean to have a right to vote? ...We examine a key episode during African-Americans' struggle for enfranchisement in the 1960's. For a century, the Constitution explicitly guaranteed black voters' right to take part in elections, but states across the South kept them out anyway. The widespread flouting of the Constitution raised a deeper question: How do words on paper gain force in the real world? To read, CLICK HERE .

"Talk American." "Code Switch" podcast on Stitcher Radio. What is the "standard American accent?" Where is it from? And what does it mean if you don't have it? Code Switch goes on a trip to the Midwest to find out. To download FREE Stitcher Radio app on your phone, CLICK HERE .

"Traveling While Black." Morgan Jerkins on "Medium Playback." Prejudice knows no bounds — not moral and not geographical. Traveling While Black  is a collection edited by writer  Morgan Jerkins  about the difficulty black people can have in just trying to escape.
In the latest episode of Medium Playback, three writers, including Morgan, read their stories from the collection. To listen, CLICK HERE .

"How Racist is Boston?" Roy Wood, Jr. visits Boston to find out why it has a reputation as one of the most racist cities in America. "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." September 15, 2018. To listen, CLICK HERE .

"Why Schools Fail to Teach Slavery's 'Hard History.'" Corey Turner. Broadcast February 3, 2018 on "All Things Considered," National Public Radio. "In the ways that we teach and learn about the history of American slavery," write the authors of a  new report  from the Southern Poverty Law Center, "the nation needs an intervention." This new report, titled " Teaching Hard History: American Slavery," is meant to be that intervention: a resource for teachers who are eager to help their students better understand slavery — not as some "peculiar institution" but as the blood-soaked bedrock on which the United States was built. To listen or read, CLICK HERE .

"Let's Talk About Reparations: What Does the Publishing Industry Owe Our Kids?" Zetta Elliott, "EmbraceRace." October 22, 2016. [A] new graphic makes it clear that we need alternatives to the traditional publishing model if children’s literature is ever going to be truly inclusive and accurately reflect the  changing demographics  of the US. To read, CLICK HERE .

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