Join us for a series of talks exploring anti-racism and liberation. These four events co-hosted by Dr. Kate Slater and Bobby Morgan will introduce key concepts and provide a framework for understanding racialized conditioning. Hosted in collaboration with the Newburyport Public Library these events are free and open to the public.
Support also comes from the Friends of the Amesbury Public Library. All presentations are virtual, held over Zoom and registration is required.
Dr. Kate Slater is an adjunct at the University of New Hampshire in the Department of Education, where she teaches Teaching Race, which explores the history of race and racism in America, and Issues in Education, which explores curricular policy in the K-12 education system. Her doctoral research centers the experiences of underrepresented minorities students in higher education, and in particular, at predominantly White institutions. She also investigates White racial identity formation and how racism operates individually, organizationally, and systemically. She leads facilitations, trainings, and affinity groups with K-12 institutions and universities, as well as with private organizations.
Bobby Morgan is an educator, writer, speaker, and consultant who specializes in working with other educators to promote equity and culturally responsive teaching practices. With over a decade in education, primarily in under resourced populations, Bobby is passionate about cultivating the brilliance in Black and Brown communities. Through coaching, workshops, and meaningful professional development, Bobby desires to change the educational landscape, ensuring pathways of success for students. In addition to his work within educational institutions, Bobby works as an educational advocate partnering with allies in the fight for equitable policies and legislative priorities for all students. He founded Liberation Lab, an educational consulting firm to build pathways for internal and external accountability. Internal accountability for teachers to put liberatory practices to work, immediately benefitting student outcomes. External accountability will come through empowering parents and families with the resources necessary to hold schools accountable for more than aspirations of equity.
Part 1 – Anti-racism and Whiteness
Thursday Sept 16 at 6:30-7:30pm
Join us for an evening with Dr. Kate Slater to learn about anti-racism. Dr. Slater will discuss how she confronted her own Whiteness, as well as provide attendees with a framework to understand terms like “colorblind racism” “anti-Blackness” and “White supremacy”. We will also discuss how to begin the process of deconstructing the racialized conditioning that White people have been exposed to for much of their lives. The session will finish with a Q&A. This program is the first in a four-part series exploring anti-racism and liberation.
Part 2 – Racial Re-framing: A model for unlearning
Thursday Sept 30 at 6:30-7:30pm
In the second session of this series, Dr. Kate Slater returns with Bobby Morgan, educator and founder of the Liberation Lab to continue the conversation about anti-racism and liberation. They will discuss the process of racial reframing in anti-racism work, using Dr. Bree Picower’s research to orient attendees to the four phases of racial reframing. The session will finish with a Q&A.
Part 3 – An Action Plan for Liberation: What does “do the work” mean?
Thursday Oct 7 at 6:30-7:30pm
In the third session of this series, Bobby Morgan and Dr. Kate Slater are back to dig more deeply into what it means to “do the work” in tandem with the process of unlearning and relearning. Using the Anti-Racist Roadmap as a template, they will discuss the importance of a reparations model in our activism and how liberation necessitates the redistribution of resources to uplift communities of color. The session will finish with a Q&A.
Part 4 – Freedom Dreaming: How do we get there?
Thursday Oct 21 at 6:30-7:30pm
Bobby Morgan closes out this four-part lecture series. In this session, he will use Bettina Love’s ‘Freedom Dreaming’ to discuss a vision of liberation and connect real-life examples with the movement towards that liberation. How do we lean in to an understanding of what “opting in” looks like for anti-racist work? Where do we go from here? The session will finish with a Q&A.
Anti-Racist Roadmap created by Dr. Kate Slater
Liberation Lab: founded by Bobby Morgan to create pathways for liberation in Black and Brown communities through reimagined education.
Learn more about the City of Amesbury’s Equity and Inclusion work