Course Description

This course will examine both the historical origins and the current manifestations of racial inequality in Durham in every system, including wealth and the economy, the criminal legal system, health and environmental justice, housing, education, and public history and governance. Using the report of the Durham Racial Equity Task Force as our primary source, along with additional recommended readings on each topic covered, and guided by guest speakers from the task force plus leading community experts, we will explore deeply the report’s recommendations. While our discussion will be framed by an analysis of racism that focuses on the historical, systemic, and institutional roots of inequality, participants will also have the opportunity to explore and reflect on how their own personal experiences in Durham have been shaped by racism and White supremacy. | Lecture + Q&A.
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Section Title
Toward a More Equitable Durham: Parables, Paradoxes, and Partnerships
Online - Zoom
11:00AM to 12:15PM
Sep 23, 2021 to Dec 02, 2021
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Virtual Classroom  
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Section Notes

Please note: Students will be assigned sections of the Racial Equity Task Force's report to read prior to each class session along with additional (optional) recommended reading resources relevant to each topic covered. No class on November 25.

Recommended reading: Heather McGhee, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together (9780525509561)

Required reading: Durham Racial Equity Task Force, Report of the Durham Racial Equity Task Force: An Urgent and Loving Call to Action, 6/30/20 (available on durhamnc.gov website)

Guest Speakers:

Camryn Smith, Executive Director of Communities in Partnership;

DeDreana Freeman, City Councilwoman and Special Assistant to the Director, Durham Children’s Initiative;

Dr. Henry McKoy, Faculty Member and Director of Entrepreneurship at North Carolina Central University;

Dr. Ronda Taylor Bullock, Executive Director of we are (working to extend anti-racist education);

Andrea (“Muffin”) Hudson, Director of Durham’s Participatory Defense and North Carolina Community Bail Fund;

Jennifer Zuckerman, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the World Food Policy Center, Sanford School of Public Policy

Additional members of Durham’s Racial Equity Task Force