The Diversity Awareness Committee has compiled a list of events and recommended readings related to issues of inequity, diversity and injustice in the greater Madison area to promote a culturally inclusive learning environment in PLATO. We hope to make additional recommendations in the future - we welcome your suggestions. Contact Committee Co- Chairs Kathy Michaelis (email@example.com) or Rick Orton (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FEATURED BOOK: I'm Still Here (See book listings below for details.)
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
by Austin Channing Brown
In a time when nearly all institutions (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claim to value "diversity" in their mission statements, I'M STILL HERE is a powerful account of how and why our actions so often fall short of our words. Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice, in stories that bear witness to the complexity of America's social fabric--from Black Cleveland neighborhoods to private schools in the middle-class suburbs, from prison walls to the boardrooms at majority-white organizations.
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness is a 2018 memoir by Austin Channing Brown. The book became a bestseller during the mid-2020 resurgence of national interest in racial injustice following the George Floyd protests.
HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST
by Ibram X. Kendi, Published by One World, 2019
Kendi is a on a mission to push those of us who believe we are not racists, who support ideas and policies affirming that the “the racial groups are equal in all their apparent differences—that there is nothing right or wrong with any racial group”. This is a 21st century manual of racial ethics.
Kendi is also the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, 2017.
New York Times Bestseller
Locking Up Our Own:
Crime and Punishment in Black America , 2017
- Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction
- Long-listed for the National Book Award
- Finalist, Current Interest Category, Los Angeles Times Book Prizes
- One of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2017
- Short-listed for the Inaugural Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice
Former public defender James Forman, Jr. is a leading critic of mass incarceration and its disproportionate impact on people of color. In Locking Up Our Own, he seeks to understand the war on crime that began in the 1970s and why it was supported by many African American leaders in the nation’s urban centers.
Well written putting our current situation in historical context.