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Anti-Black Racism in the U.S. and Building a Unified Society

Social Transformation
9 weeks
Weekly Study
Oct 13-Dec 14
Register By
October 20, 2022
Fee: $73.50 for first-time students; $63/person for study groups; $50/person for US Baha'i Institutions

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: This course features weekly Zoom sessions on Sundays at 4:00 pm Eastern Time (1:00 pm Pacific, 3:00 pm Central Time), starting the first weekend of the course.

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Details for October course forthcoming

Meet Your Faculty
June Manning Thomas, PhD
Professor Emerita of Urban planning, University of Michigan

Born and raised in South Carolina, June Manning Thomas attended Furman University for one year but then left SC to finish college at Michigan State University (MSU). She earned her doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan. She has taught at MSU, Cleveland State University, and... 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
Educator, Motherscholar

I was born and 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 International... See Faculty Bio

Nekicia Luckett, MEd

I have been a professional educator since 2000. Currently, I teach at an elementary school in the public school system in Portland, Oregon.  In addition to the curriculum, I focus on empowering the students to be stewards of social justice and to be aware of their own nobility. I have a... See Faculty Bio

Renee Depew, BSEE
Electrical/Computer Engineer

Renee Depew graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs in 1989 and has worked in the field of electrical engineering and computer science since that time. Renee’s passion for learning about racism and its effects on humanity led her to study with... See Faculty Bio

Nicola Daniels, MSc
WI Registrar & Student Services Specialist

I was born in Kingston, Jamaica. My interest in music, theatre, and the literary arts led me to abandon my academic degrees and a career in the Forensic Sciences, to take up a position with the British Council Caribbean as Arts & Education Officer. I worked for several years as... See Faculty Bio

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