The Packet Post Antiracist and Liberation Lecture Series, Virtual, Starting Thursday September 16th

Antiracist and Liberation Lecture Series, Virtual, Starting Thursday September 16th

by: Press Release

For Immediate Release
August 26, 2021
Media Contact:
Aimie Westphal, Assistant Director awestphal@amesburylibrary.org 978.388.8148 x614
Amesbury Public Library

Antiracist and Liberation Lecture Series and Discussion

The Amesbury Public Library, in collaboration with the Newburyport Public Library invites the public to join us
for a four-part series exploring anti-racism and liberation. Activist and Educator Bobby Morgan and Dr. Kate
Slater collaborate and offer opportunities to better understand racism, whiteness, how to “do the work” and
what liberation for black and brown communities might look like.

Offered on Thursday evenings in the Fall, participants may register for one or all of these virtual events. These
programs will be held virtually on zoom and pre-registration is required.

Part 1 – Anti-racism and Whiteness
Thursday Sept 16 at 6:30-7:30pm

Part 2 – Racial Re-framing: A model for unlearning
Thursday Sept 30 at 6:30-7:30pm

Part 3 – An Action Plan for Liberation: What does “do the work” mean?
Thursday Oct 7 at 6:30-7:30pm

Part 4 – Freedom Dreaming: How do we get there?
Thursday Oct 21 at 6:30-7:30pm

For a list of resources and booklist and to learn more about our speakers visit our resource page:http://amesburylibrary.org/anti-racist-resource-page/
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More about Dr. Kate Slater
Kate Slater is an adjunct at the University of New Hampshire in the Department of Education, where she
teaches Teaching Race, which explores the history of race and racism in America, and Issues in Education,
which explores curricular policy in the K-12 education system. Her doctoral research centers the experiences
of underrepresented minorities students in higher education, and in particular, at predominantly White
institutions. She also investigates White racial identity formation and how racism operates individually,
organizationally, and systemically. She leads facilitations, trainings, and affinity groups with K-12 institutions
and universities, as well as with private organizations.

More about Activist and Educator Bobby Morgan
Bobby Morgan is an educator, writer, speaker, and consultant who specializes in working with other educators
to promote equity and culturally responsive teaching practices. With over a decade in education, primarily in
under resourced populations, Bobby is passionate about cultivating the brilliance in Black and Brown
communities. Through coaching, workshops, and meaningful professional development, Bobby desires to
change the educational landscape, ensuring pathways of success for students. In addition to hi work within
educational institutions, Bobby works as an educational advocate partnering with allies in the fight for equitable
policies and legislative priorities for all students. He founded Liberation Lab, an educational consulting firm to
build pathways for internal and external accountability. Internal accountability for teachers to put liberatory
practices to work, immediately benefitting student outcomes. External accountability will come through
empowering parents and families with the resources necessary to hold schools accountable for more than
aspirations of equity.

More about the Amesbury Public Library
The Amesbury Public Library is committed to achieving equality in our community. To learn more about the
City of Amesbury’s commitment to Equity and Inclusion visit their website: Equity & Inclusion Design Team |
Amesbury, MA (amesburyma.gov)
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Quote from Meghan Fahey, Head of Archives
“Amesbury prides itself on a history that championed abolition and workers’ rights. Our recent digitization
project to bring our historical newspaper collection online and searchable has allowed us insight into our
community’s complex history around slavery, racism, abolition, and social and economic equity. Working with
Dr. Slater and Mr. Morgan we hope we might expand our understanding of our shared history and begin to
work toward a more inclusive narrative that acknowledges both the successes and the struggles of all of our
community members.”

Quote from Dr. Kate Slater
“It’s been more than a year since the ‘Racial Reckoning’ during the summer of 2020, and it is more imperative
than ever that we stay committed to eradicating racism and systemic oppression in our communities. For allies
who might be losing stamina in the continued push for racial justice, we hope that this series might provide
tools and resources to keep you galvanized and activated in the journey to liberation.”

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