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Lessons for Humanity from a Black Lives Matter Lens

What is the Black Lives Matter framework? What does it critique? How and why? In what ways does it spotlight institutional inequalities and personal privilege? Why is it so hard to digest for those with the most privilege? In what ways, does it "decompress" the rage carried by those with the least privilege? And, if lessons can be drawn about what time is it in human history, how does this framework work to continue to liberate all people? If you want beginning answers to these seven questions, this lecture will feel good, but also leave you with more questions.

Faculty Member: Kesho Scott
Discussion Date: 11 a.m. CT, Monday, November 9

Meet Professor Scott

Kesho Scott is an internationally renowned Diversity Trainer/Consultant, an Associate Professor of American Studies and Sociology at Grinnell College, and an award-winning writer. Kesho was a founding member of International Capacity Building Services, a cultural competency training team that specializes in facilitating both “unlearning isms” and Human Rights workshops as well various seminars and training programs that have been successfully adapted for audiences throughout the United States and abroad. In over two decades of developing unlearning racism work, Kesho has led hundreds of professional and community-based workshops; she has been keynote speaker for national conferences as well as a participant on several dozen national and local radio debates, discussions and public service announcements. Grounded in this extensive experience, Kesho developed an “affirmative duty” technique for facilitating unlearning racism workshops. It is a method that helps shift participants’ awareness, commitment and skill-set toward being actively and personally anti-racist and anti-sexist, rather than remaining merely passive observers.

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