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Inclusiveness and Diversity

Resources to Help with America's Racial Crisis
By James M Pulsifer
Posted on 3/1/2021 10:45 AM
Each month Penn's Village Inclusiveness and Diversity Committee recommends several resources to help our members and friends to be more informed and aware, and perhaps even inspired to action, concerning the racial biases in each of us and in our society and the resulting inequities, past and present. These resources, assembled by Lori Dumas and Mike Pulsifer, will represent different mediums, different perspectives and experiences, and diverse authors.

March, 2021   Women’s History Month

Book: The Truths We Hold: An American Journey by Kamala Harris  This 2018 memoir traces the Vice President’s upbringing, her career in law enforcement, her entrance into politics, and the formation of her values and worldview.

An Article: What if Instead of Calling People Out, We Called Them In?  This New York Times’ article turns a spotlight on Professor Loretta J. Ross’ popular class at Smith College.  To read this article on Dr. Ross’ alternative approach to “cancel culture,” click on this link:  

A YouTube Video: A Conversation With Black Women On Race  In this six minute New York Times’ documentary, Black women share the every day challenges they encounter at school, at work, and in relationships.  This video can be accessed at this link:

TV Mini-Series: Self Made  This 2020 4-episode TV series stars Academy Award winning actress Octavia Spencer.  It dramatizes the true story of Madam C. J. Walker, an Africa American washerwoman who rises from poverty to build a beauty empire and become the first female self-made millionaire.  This series can be viewed on Netflix.

Recommended Website: The National Women’s History Alliance’s 2021 theme is “Valiant Women Of The Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced”.  Their website lists numerous educational resources; offers a history of the Women’s Rights Movement; describes their organization’s commitment to antiracism; and recognizes some women who are making a difference today.