We hear from colleagues around the world that the painful issues of racism that fill the news in the U.S. resonate with racial tensions in music for social change programs everywhere. Last month we recommended How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi; on Monday, July 30, you can join an online discussion with Kendi at 7:00 p.m. EDT. This discussion is hosted by The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) as part of their “The Elephant We Don’t See: A Diversity Dialogue” Series and there is no maximum capacity. The series will be made available online afterward; please email email@example.com for more information.
If you’re looking for another book that will help you rethink your own role in fighting racism, we recommend Not Light, But Fire by Matthew R. Kay. The author has spent his career leading students through difficult conversations about race; this book will help teaching artists learn how to do the same in their own classrooms and rehearsal spaces. Kay demonstrates that education settings are some of the best places for such conversations, but you must first do the work to set them up.