At the Mason Square Farmers Market, summer 2013
George at Occupy Wall Street,
Slavery Apology presents the third program in our 2014
HERE for more information/printable version
If we need to cancel due to weather, we
will announce here, on our
and on WHAI 98.3 fm.
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.
For more information:
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.
Email for more information.
- 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.
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
Wondering what other readers think about our
We've received many comments...
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occasional email newsletter lists events and resources for
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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