Anti-Black Racism in the U.S.

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Social Transformation
9 weeks
Weekly Study
Oct 15-Dec 16
Register By
October 15, 2020

This course will examine anti-Black racism and racial prejudice in North American society in some of its most serious manifestations, explore the content and significance of relevant Bahá'í authoritative texts, and consider how Bahá'ís can initiate meaningful conversations and public discourse in a variety of contexts. It will begin with an exploration of definitions of race, racism, and prejudice. It will then turn to such subjects as understanding colonialism and slavery; the prison/industrial complex; Black Lives Matter and policing issues; white privilege and bias/stereotyping; housing and education segregation; violence against black women; Jim Crow and the Civil Rights Movement; and "one human family"—the experience of the Bahá'í community.

Note: See bios for the six faculty members below. Our website currently allows for a maximum of four faculty to be displayed at a time. This means that Eleanor Mitten and Nicola Daniels are also faculty members. You may access their full bios using the links below.

Eleanor Mitten Bio

Nicola Daniels Bio

Meet Your Faculty
Jeanais Brodie, MA

I am a native New Yorker, raised in Bedford–Stuyvesant, (a.k.a. Bed–Stuy) Brooklyn and the South Bronx. I have lived a significant number of years in New England and various parts of California. My undergraduate degree focused on Ed Philosophy & Theory, and Multicultural Education. Graduate studies were in Public Administration and... See Faculty Bio

Naree Chan, JD
Public Law Attorney

I have been fortunate to serve local governments as a public law attorney in California, Massachusetts, and Colorado for the past eight years. I am proud to currently work for the City of Oakland, which is the second city in the nation to have a Department of Race and Equity... See Faculty Bio

Carol Mansour, BA

Carol Mansour learned about the Bahá’í Faith while working as a reporter and anchor in local television news. Having grown up in a Pentecostal congregation that was all Black, she was intrigued that a religion considered the elimination of racial prejudice as a spiritual imperative.  She has taken to heart... See Faculty Bio

Elizabeth (Liz) Allen, PhD Candidate
Educator, Motherscholar

I was born and largely raised in Port-Gentil Gabon and attended middle school at New Era High School in Panchgani India. I have a Bachelor’s in Mathematics Education, Master’s in Special Education and have taught in higher education (KU and UNC-CH) and in various K-12 settings, my last being the... See Faculty Bio

Eleanor Mitten, MTS

My research explores the histories of devotion as expressed in the generation of knowledge, material culture, and the formation of societies around the globe. For a decade I developed interfaith action programs for the faculty, staff, and students at Harvard University.

Nicola Daniels, MSc

WI Registrar/Faculty Support. I have served as a member of the Wilmette Institute Board, and also worked part-time for the Institute as Marketing Coordinator and Course Creation Assistant. I get a thrill from using my creative and (mostly self-taught) computer skills to create instructional materials.

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