The Legacy of Slavery: Yesterday and Today

September 29, 2019 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

This fall, SUSO will begin a deeper dive into the history and impact of racism in the U.S. as a means to identify new and more effective ways to positively impact our community. The third session on September 29 will cover The Jim Crow Era (1877 – 1960s), again facilitated by Martey Rhine, a white woman.

We are learning how our racist systems were created and perpetuated. If we want to become allies in the pursuit of equity, inclusion and racial justice we need to become self-aware of how white people are consciously and unconsciously contributing to the continuation of racism. This is challenging work and critically important as it was exactly 400 years ago (1619) that the first slaves arrived in the colonies.

This program will be interactive and will begin with a brief recap of the April 7 and June 2 sessions. Please note that prior sessions are NOT prerequisites. All are welcome. Bring your curiosity and courage. You might also want to:

Read these books:
Stoney the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy and the Rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.; The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander; Complicity – How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery by Anne Farrow, Joel Lang, and Jennifer Frank of the Hartford Courant

Watch videos or movies:
Crash, 13th, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. PBS documentary on Reconstruction, Ten Most Watched Black History Documentaries which can be found at

Visit a museum or exhibit:
Harriet Beecher Stowe House and The CT Historical Society Exhibit “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow” through September 14.


Nancy Kirchmyer

Rev. Erica Avena

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