Freedom School: Examining Slavery and its Consequences for the 21st Century

Dates: Saturdays, February 22, February 29, March 7, and March 14, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Venue: UUCSR RE Room 4 (Saturday, March 14 in the Social Hall)
Sponsored by: The Racial Justice Task Force of the Social Justice Committee

Using materials from the New York Times "1619 Project" and other relevant texts, we will examine the history of chattel slavery in the United States and its effects to this day; and the policies of the US government towards Native Americans in history and today. 

Please register with Claire Deroche at or (516) 472-2977. Participants will receive reading materials upon registration.

Sessions will be facilitated by Herb Waldren, Claire Deroche, Bob Nuxoll, WinterFlower Robinson, and Jim Smith. Attending all sessions will be most beneficial but not mandatory for participation.

Session I, February 22, 2020:


Introduction to The 1619 Project 
Reading: “The Idea of America” by Nikole Hannah-Jones
The Birthplace of America’s Low-Road Approach to Capitalism
Reading: “Capitalism” by Matthew Desmond

Session II, February 29, 2020:

The History of Federal Health Care Policy
Reading : “A Broken Health Care System” by Jeneen Interlandi
Reading: “Medical Inequality” by Linda Villarosa

Session III, March 7, 2020:

Structural Racism and Long Island Issues
Reading: “Housing Discrimination and Local Control” by Elaine Gross
Reading: “The Perils of House Hunting While Black” by Keith Herbert and Olivia Winslow

Session IV, March 14, 2020:

The Policies of the US Government Towards Native Americans in History and Today 
Reading: “Native Americans Were Kept as Slaves, Too!” by Andrés Reséndez     
Reading: “Racism Against Native Americans Is Happening Daily & You Need To Know What We Face” by Rebecca Nagle

2/22/2020 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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