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An Open Letter of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter | Black Space

#BlackAugust is here. This is a good time to send this back around. To remember what we pledged, remember how we love. To build syllabi, design classrooms, plan events, host workshops, collaborate with each other and our colleagues out of this commitment to the work of loving and supporting each other. To dismantle.

Thank you Rae Paris, for writing this and for leading the way.

“We are Black professors.

We are daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren, grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, and mothers.

We’re writing to tell you we see you and hear you.

We know the stories of dolls hanging by nooses, nigger written on dry erase boards and walls, stories of nigger said casually at parties by White students too drunk to know their own names but who know their place well enough to know nothing will happen if they call you out your name, stories of nigger said stone sober, stories of them calling you nigger using every other word except what they really mean to call you, stories of you having to explain your experience in classrooms—your language, your dress, your hair, your music, your skin—yourself, of you having to fight for all of us in classrooms where you are often the only one or one of a few, stories of you choosing silence as a matter of survival.

Sometimes we’re in those classrooms with you.

We know there is always more that people don’t see or hear or want to know, but we see you. We hear you….”


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Filed under: Black Futures, Black Life x Ephemera, Social Justice, Teaching Tagged: #blacklivesmatter, #blackoncampus, #dismantlingacademia, academia, black women, feminism, poetry, social justice, teaching

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Andrea Roberts, founder of the Texas Freedom Colonies Project and a scholar of heritage conservation and urban planning discusses historic preservation and social justice:

“Preservationists have argued for a shift toward a people-centered history. Even the National Trust for Historic Preservation has talked about inclusivity, about preservation’s role in telling the American story, about revitalizing depressed communities, and about recognizing places rather than just individual structures. I argue, however, that—while the turns in historic preservation practice and scholarship reflect a kind of progress, one in which certain professionals and academics demonstrate a willingness to take on issues like climate change and improving the quality of life in depressed areas—we remain challenged by the concept of social justice in preservation because social justice work asks something more of us. But what is the “more”? How does the practice of historic preservation become social justice practice?”

Read the rest: http://forum.savingplaces.org/blogs/special-contributor/2017/07/20/when-does-it-become-social-justice-thoughts-on-intersectional-preservation-practice

The Texas Freedom Colonies Project
documents and preserves the history of former slaves who founded Freedom Colonies or Freedmen’s Towns across Texas.

“There are no comprehensive studies of threats to TXFC survival, documentation of Black Texans’ approaches to placemaking and problem solving, or an official atlas of settlements. The Texas Freedom Colonies Project is a research project dedicated to filling that gap.”

Jasper and Newton county Texas Freedom Colony homecoming presidents in Shankleville, Texas, in 2014. | Credit: Photo by Sarah Junek

Read more about the project: http://www.thetexasfreedomcoloniesproject.com

Filed under: Andrea Roberts Tagged: #adphd, african american, blogroll, digital, history, memory, preservation, slavery, united states

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