Anti-Black Racism in the U.S.—A Bahá’í perspective

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Social Transformation
12 weeks
Weekly Study
9-11 HRS
Apr 8-Jun 30
Register By
April 8, 2021

Course ID: SC322

This course will examine anti-Black racism and racial prejudice in the U.S. in some of its most serious manifestations, explore the content and significance of relevant Faith-based texts, and consider how participants can initiate meaningful conversations and contribute to public discourse with a vision of building a more just and peaceful society. It will explore such subjects as the construction of race, stereotypes and cultural appropriation; colonialism and slavery; Civil Rights Movement; segregation, gentrification, environmental racism, and reparations; Prison Industrial Complex and Black Lives Matter; black women in the U.S.; racism and technology; and constructive resilience and community building. Each unit will explore the root cause of issues presented with an interdisciplinary lens and Baha’i perspective. Ultimately, participants will acquire the capacity to apply this knowledge to their lives, community building and social action. 

What will you learn?
You will learn
Explain the concept of racism and race unity.
Demonstrate basic knowledge of African American history and culture, including the significance of people of African descent in society.
Identify common misconceptions about racial discrimination and institutionalized racism.
Apply scientific and spiritual solutions on the eradication of racism on micro and macro levels.
Meet Your Faculty
Gwendolyn Etter-Lewis, PhD
Professor, Miami University, Oxford, OH

One of my primary research goals/passions is to uncover and restore the history of African American women in the Bahá’í Faith. Many courageous black women made significant contributions from the very beginning. Knowing their life stories empowers us all. Another goal/passion is to help African American youth obtain a college... See Faculty Bio

Anthony Outler, PhD
Asst Principal, Mary McCleod Bethune Middle School

I have been an educator in K-12 schools for the past 18 years. I have served as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, social and emotional learning coach, and currently serve as a school administrator. All of my work has been in Title I schools with majority populations of Black students... See Faculty Bio

Chitra Golestani, PhD
WI Associate Director, Faculty, Institute for Humane Education

Dr. Chitra Golestani is a faculty member at Valparaiso University and the Institute for Humane Education in a hybrid Master of Education program. She is a co-founder of the Paulo Freire Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she is a research associate and lecturer. Dr. Golestani... 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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