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The Valley Breeze & Observer 02-11-2021

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14 ENTERTAINMENT FEBRUARY 11-17, 2021 | VALLEY BREEZE & OBSERVER LIVING EDITION more deeply about the chal- lenges that root inequity in our community," said Adama Brown, director of research and data analytics for United Way. Those who sign up for the challenge online at will receive an email daily, begin- ning Feb. 24 and continu- ing for 21 days. Each email will feature a different racial equity topic and choices to select from to spend 15 minutes learning, watching, reading, or reflecting about the day's topic. Topics will include personal racial iden- tity, implicit bias, what is privilege, the impact of racial trauma, being an ally, tools for the racial equity change process, taking action, and more. There will also be a focus on the history of racism in Rhode Island and segrega- tion in Providence. Linden Place virtual lectures Linden Place Mansion in Bristol is hosting a series of virtual talks highlighting African American art and artists of the 20th century. The talks will be broken up into three weekly sessions: • Monday, Feb. 22, 4-5:15 p.m. - Jacob Lawrence and Horace Pippin; Rural and Urban Life and the Great Migration • Monday, March 1, 4-5:15 p.m. - Charles White & Elizabeth Catlett; Portraits in Drawing, Printing and Sculpture • Monday, March 8, 4-5:15 p.m. - Romare Bearden & Basquiat; From Jazz to Hip Hop, Musical Influences The talks will feature artist Suzanne Lewis. Registration for the three sessions is $20, $15 for Linden Place and Portsmouth Art Guild mem- bers. To register, visit www. For more information, contact suzan- . Recommended reading The North Providence Union Free Library and the Pawtucket Public Library have shared some of their recommended titles on the subject of Black history: For adults: • "Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad," by Ann Petry • "Life and Times of Frederick Douglass," by Frederick Douglass • "A Black Women's History of the United States," by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross • "Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott," by Lydia Bjornlund • "Jim Crow Laws," by Leslie V. Tischauser • "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," by Malcolm X • "Let the Trumpet Sound: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.," by Stephen B. Oates For kids: • "The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker learned to read," written by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, illustrat- ed by Oge Mora • "Lift as You Climb: The story of Ella Baker," written by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie • "Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice," written by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Laura Freeman • "Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom," written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illus- trated by Kadir Nelson • "We March," by Shane W. Evans • "Martin's Dream Day," written by Kitty Kelley, pho- tographs by Stanley Tretick • Graphic novel "The Life of Frederick Douglass," by David F. Walker Some other resources to check out are The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society at https://riblack- heritagesociety.wildapricot. org and Rhode Island Black Storytellers at https://www. . Whichever way you choose to honor Black his- tory, keep in mind that it's not just about one month of the year. Pitts-Wiley said that when people contact him for Black History Month programming, he makes a stipulation. He will do the February programming if they bring him back again "in any other month but February." These topics are important in every month, he said. When asked about his idea of the best way to honor Black History Month, Pitts- Wiley said, "Seek a conver- sation." "Because a conversation is something that, hopefully if it's a good conversation, carries on," he said. "Talk to somebody who may disagree with you." And hopefully the conversation keeps going throughout the year. From preceding page do you know? You can place a Classified Ad anytime at Click on 'Classifieds'

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