At the Mason Square Farmers Market, summer 2013

George at Occupy Wall Street, October 2011


Mass Slavery Apology presents CONVERSATIONS FOR RACIAL JUSTICE, a monthly series of workshops, speakers, & other programs on the first Saturday of each month at the First Congregational Church of Greenfield, 43 Silver Street. All programs are free.

 Coming next:

Saturday, May 3, 2014

10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

a workshop on White Privilege

with Dottie Morris

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THANK YOU to the first Congregational Church of Greenfield.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Ashfield, Bernardston, Buckland, Conway, Deerfield,

Gill, Montague, New Salem, Orange, and Shelburne Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported

by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.



What is Mass Slavery Apology? 


Mass Slavery Apology's work for racial justice and healing grew from an apology for slavery written by three of our members, all white, with guidance from advisors of color. Since it was completed in 2009, we have expanded our group and our focus.

We currently have two main projects:

FACING OUR UNHEALED PAST: Sharing our apology statement and continuing the conversation about the legacy of slavery.

RESOURCES FOR RACIAL JUSTICE: Bringing information about racism, white privilege, and ways to work for racial justice to our communities and beyond, and especially to other white people.

- "Undoing Our Own Racism" Community Dialogue Group: Open to all who want to discuss the racism they find in themselves and/or in everyday life.  The group meets monthly in Greenfield & follows a peer-run model.  Each meeting includes discussion of a video, article, and/or other race-related topics, splitting the time so everyone has a chance to speak. Newcomers are welcome.

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- Conversations for Racial Justice: Join us on the first Saturday morning of each month for a free program.  For more info.

Click here for a one-page summary about our work.

  Read more about our group.

  • Describe our work and/or table at events in the western MA area. We can bring part or all of our engaging display [outdoors, indoors] addressing racism, white privilege, and working for racial justice, as well as copies of our apology statement and other handouts.


Introduction to

Facing Our Unhealed Past

Some time ago, a group of us, friends brought together by a common desire to confront racism, traveled to New York City to see The Maafa, A Healing Journey. The Maafa is a moving and enlightening theater piece about slavery and its vestiges through the ages. When a local friend mentioned that she hoped to stage a similar production with a focus on our area of western Massachusetts, we were prompted to think about how we, a group of whites, could contribute to this healing journey.

We decided that we wanted to offer a formal apology to African Americans and all other descendants of those who were enslaved in the United States.

With guidance from African American and Native American activists/educators, we have written this apology for slavery, including commitments to restorative action. 

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Middle Passage Ceremonies & Port Markers Project

Over the next several years, the Middle Passage Ceremonies & Port Markers Project will offer remembrance ceremonies commemorating the 2-6 million Africans who perished in the Middle Passage of the transatlantic slave trade.

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