Justice and Action Month
The Office of Performing Arts spent last month following the 10-minute “Justice in June” lesson plan compiled by Bryanna Wallace and Autumn Gupta. The goal of that resource is to provide a starting place for individuals trying to become better allies.
As we work to rectify the ways in which the world of performing arts upholds systemic racism, we wanted to supplement the 10-minute “Justice in June” lesson plan to highlight the work of the Black artists in the ever-expanding conversation about American racism. This series will include theater, dance, music, and articles about the impact of racism in the performing arts on Black artists. Some days a direct connection exists between the items we share. Other days we ask you to make the larger connections.
Although we are dedicating July to this effort, this is just the beginning. We all need to continue learning and educating ourselves. And we would be delighted if you would share with all of us additional resources you encounter along the way. Please tag us on social media or send an email to PerformingArts@ColoradoCollege.edu.
READ - “Who Gets to Be Afraid in America” by Ibram X. Kendi
WATCH - “Adrenaline Rush” by Rudy Francisco
READ - “America’s Racial Contract is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer
LISTEN + READ - “Your Body Being Used” by Hansi Lo Wang and Kumari Devarajan
READ - “What I Think When I Hear That Broadway is Racist” by Heathcliff Saunders
DO - Support the Bail Project
WATCH - "I Can’t Breathe" by Marcelino Sambé
DO - Reallocate budgets by defunding the police
DO - Support "Justice in June" GoFundMe to enable additional anti-racism work by Autumn Gupta and Bryanna Wallace
READ - “The 1619 Project”
READ - “When Civility is Used as a Cudgel against People of Color” by Karen Grigsby Bates
WATCH - “Broadway is Racist” by Griffin Matthews
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LISTEN + READ - “During the Black Lives Matter Movement, Protest Art Can Be the Needle That Threads Change” by Amanda LeClaire and LaToya Cross
WATCH - “Let’s Get to the Root of Racial Injustice” by Megan Ming Francis
READ - “The Intersectionality Wars” by Jane Coaston
WATCH - “Lost Voices” by Darius Simpson & Scout Bostley
READ - excerpt from "So You Want to Talk About Race" by Ijeoma Olu
READ + LISTEN - “The Power of Martin Luther King Jr’s Anger” by Nell Greenfieldboyce
EXPLORE - Decolonizing the Music Room
READ - “White Theater Leader’s Responses to #GeorgeFloyd” by AnaSofía Villenueva
WATCH - “How to Overcome our Biases? Walk Boldly Towards Them” by Verna Myers
READ - “The Case for Reparations” by Ta-Nehesi Coates
LISTEN - “Room 25” by Noname
READ - “Tips for Creating Effective White Caucus Groups” by Craig Elliott
DO - What hashtags/petitions/fundraisers are trending on social media today? Help to circulate resources!
LISTEN + READ - “Opinion: My Father Stood for the National Anthem for the Same Reason Colin Kaepernick Sits” by Keith Woods
DO - Donate to black owned theater companies (part 1):
LISTEN + READ - “When Calling the Po-Po is a No-No” by Karen Grigsby Bates
WATCH - “What the World Needs Now” by Tank and the Bangas and Friends
DO - Donate to anti-white supremacy work:
WATCH - “How We’re Priming Some Kids for College and others for prison” by Alice Goffman
DO - Donate to black owned theater companies (part 2):