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A Safe Place to Talk About Race

A Safe Place to Talk About Race

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July 09th 2012:My Ancestors Traded Slaves. So now what?

What do you want from me? I didn’t do it, don’t like it, and can’t change it. Some members of Katrina Browne’s family were once wealthy from the United States slave trade. But they’re from the North? Isn’t this a White Southern thing? Many schools teach or imply the Civil War was between the good White people of the North, and the bad White people of the South. The Deep South may have more Northern roots than we know about….until now. Why would a White person even want to ever dig up old family history on race and slavery? How did her family members respond to Ms. Browne’s research that coul

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Barbara R. Arnwine

Barbara R. Arnwine, Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is internationally renowned for justice issues such as the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1991 and international civil, human and women’s rights matters. She is a graduate of Duke University School of Law. The Lawyers’ Committee monitors USA treaty compliance on International Covenants on Civil, Political Rights, and Conventions on elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination with the United Nations. Ms. Arnwine is a prominent leader of Election Protection, the nation’s largest nonpartisan voter protection coalition. Extensive awards include Gruber International Justice Prize on civil rights and
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Katrina Browne

Katrina Browne, Founder of The Tracing Center on Histories and Legacies of Slavery, and produced/directed Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, about her slave-trading ancestors from Rhode Island. It took nine years, and 500 parties to make this film and dialogue groups. The film contributed to the Episcopal Church atoning for its role in slavery. Traces of the Trade premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and aired on PBS reaching over 1.5 million people. An Emmy nomination and honors from the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society among others followed. Katrina co-founded Public Allies in twenty cities to recruit young people of all backgrounds to engage in public service. She ha
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