Our programs support our mission: contributing to a deeper understanding of systemic racism and racial justice, and engaging in restorative activities that help to heal the racial divide.
The educational activities that we create or co-create are called “programs.” “Events” on this site are other types of activities initiated by us or partners in the community. “Actions” on this site are calls for action for usually time sensitive issues. These programs started in 2013. Many are recorded and available on our YouTube channel.
Before the pandemic in 2020, all RJR programs were in-person, often at the First Congregational Church in Greenfield, MA. Since then, our programs have been mostly virtual gatherings.
Most Recent Programs
- Just Another Mile
- Where Is The Kindness? Homelessness, Migration, and Immigration
- Conversations About Racism, with Jeanne Hall, Dick Hall, and Gloria Matlock
- Reparations Teach-In
- Stop Asian Hate: China Is Not Our Enemy
- Tracing Racism Through Genealogy
- Conversation About Racism: Staying Curious, Moving Forward & Being Part of the Solution
- Know Your Rights
- Is Policing With HEART Possible?
- Creating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, with Varinda Robinson and Letha King Brooks
- Upsetting Expectations: Looking At Black Contemporary Art with Whitney Robbins
Our free program series is supported in part by grants from Amherst, Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Charlemont-Hawley, Conway, Deerfield, Gill, Greenfield, Heath, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Pelham, Rowe, Shelburne, Shutesbury, Warwick, Wendell, and Whately Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency with chapters in most towns.
Just Another Mile
Saturday, February 18, 2023 – 2 PM All Souls UU Church of Greenfield, 399 Church Street, Greenfield MA This documentary film by Gloria Matlock about two historically Black neighborhoods in the small city of Ravenna, Ohio, offers a lens on race in 20th and 21st century America. Program is free — donations are welcome!Read More
Where Is The Kindness? Homelessness, Migration, and Immigration
Saturday, October 15, 2022 at 2 p.m. IN PERSON PROGRAM at First United Methodist Church25 Church Street, Greenfield MA Presented by Racial Justice Rising & Twice As Smart ~ Masks optional ~ Join students and staff of Twice As Smart as they explore immigration, migration, and homelessness — topics filled with adversity for many —… Read More »RJR ProgramsRead More
Conversations About Racism, with Jeanne Hall, Dick Hall, and Gloria Matlock
Wednesday, June 8 & 15, 2022 at 6:00 pm. Outdoors, under the tent at Carnegie Public Library201 Avenue A, Turners Falls (Great Falls), MA Racial Justice Rising and the Wheeler Memorial Library co-hosted this 2-part program focusing on the experiences of three local Black people. Jeanne Hall, Gloria Matlock, and Dick Hall generously shared what… Read More »RJR ProgramsRead More
Monday, February 21st, 2022, 7:00-8:30pm, via Zoom—An introduction to the five components of reparations, as defined by the United Nations. Utilizing this framework, participants will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss reparative actions for African Americans in the nation and our region. “Reparations is a process of repairing, healing and restoring a people injured because of their group identity and in violation of their fundamental human rights by governments, corporations, insti…Read More
Stop Asian Hate: China Is Not Our Enemy
Saturday, February 5 at 1:00 p.m. EST, via Zoom, with Allison Lau—Anti-Asian sentiment and hate crimes against Asians in the U.S. have been increasing since the beginning of the pandemic. This violence is directly linked with the U.S's current engagement in multidomain "hybrid warfare" with China. The only way to stop violence against Asians domestically is to stop the U.S's aggression and hybrid war on China. China is not our enemy!Read More
Tracing Racism Through Genealogy
Saturday, December 4, 2021 via Zoom With Orice Jenkins At this Zoom presentation, Mr. Jenkins drew from his own family records to highlight the disastrous effects of the chattel slavery in our country’s past. As he told us, “My enslaved ancestors were only listed by name as the property of other people. Black genealogists are forced… Read More »RJR ProgramsRead More