Racism

Waking News!

Come share an article you found in a magazine, journal, or online resource relating to discrimination, oppression, or any forms of racism. Then join us in a lively discussion where we engage in the complexities of racism and how we can all heal from it.

The 24th presented by Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2020

For the Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2020, Houston Cinema Arts Society features virtual and drive-in screenings of films in addition to live stream performances, interactive experiences, and Q&A and panels. This year, HCAF celebrates “Urbana,” inspired by the globally popular Spanish-language genre música Urbana, which has its origin in African and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Waking News!

Come share an article you found in a magazine, journal, or online resource relating to discrimination, oppression, or any forms of racism. Then join us in a lively discussion where we engage in the complexities of racism and how we can all heal from it.

MFAH Virtual Films: Nationtime – Gary

In March 1972, an estimated 10,000 Black politicians, activists, artists, and performers congregated at the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana. Attendees included Amiri Baraka, Dick Gregory, Isaac Hayes, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King, and Bobby Seale. William Greaves (1926–2014), the established documentarian of Black history, culture and politics, directed a camera crew and captured it all. Narrated by Sidney Poitier with poetry recited by Harry Belafonte, the film was thought at the time to be too radical for television broadcast and was drastically edited. Now restored to its original length, this essential documentary reveals a rousing, at times contentious, yet undeniably significant historical event.

MFAH Virtual Films: Native Son

Richard Wright’s widely praised 1940 novel exposed the injustices of Black urban life. Bigger Thomas,in prison for murder and sentenced to death, reflects back on the circumstances that led to his incarceration. This new restoration of the 1951 screen adaptation, in the film-noir genre, stars author Richard Wright as Bigger Thomas, and is being released in its original length for the first time. This new restoration of the 1951 film version is preceded by a special filmed introduction by film historians Eddie Muller (Film Noir Foundation) and Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, courtesy of Turner Classic Movies.

Houston Racial Reconciliation Workshop ONLINE

Expect to dig deep as we look through the lens of history, as well as the events we are experiencing today, to understand how race remains a salient factor in shaping our society.

Throughout the course, we will actively build relationships as we participate and engage one another through conversation, experiences, and learning in a Gospel centered environment.

The Structure of Racism

Please join the Dominican Sisters of Houston and the Center for the Healing of Racism on Saturday, October 10, 2020, 1-3 PM, for “The Structure of Racism,” a Zoom presentation examining the structural and psychological causes and consequences of prejudice and discrimination. The workshop will be led by Dr. Craig Oettinger who will discuss these persistent patterns and — with the help of the audience — explore how change is possible.

National Activism Day

 Given recent events, many of us have felt that more participation in activism is needed to actually make a difference within our community, our nation, and our government. With that said, we decided to create a national holiday that commemorates the work of leading activists and encourages more participation within the field of activism, especially within the United States.

America’s Unholy Ghosts: The Racist Roots of Our Faith and Politics 

Please join us for a Zoom conversation with author Joel Goza who will discuss his book America’s Unholy Ghosts: The Racist Roots of Our Faith and Politics on September 30, 2020, 6-8 PM (CDT).  Goza, former pastor of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Houston, TX, writes with passion about the racist and classist roots of America’s political and religious institutions.  Grounding his work in the philosophies of Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, and Adam Smith, Goza convincingly argues that America’s Founding Fathers deliberately designed a racist and inequitable society.