Upcoming Events
Movie Night:
The Loving Generation
Thursday, June 12, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Cathedral of St. John
271 N. Main St., Providence
June 12 is designated as "Loving Day," in honor of the day the Supreme Court issued its decision in Loving v. Virginia. The Loving Generation is a documentary series of short films featuring a group of Americans born to one black parent and one white parent in the years following the Supreme Court decision. The 1967 Loving case overturned all laws prohibiting interracial marriage.The films tell the stories of people from the following generation as they navigate “blackness,” “whiteness,” and the areas in between.

This Loving Day, please join the Center for Reconciliation for a screening of these short films, and a community dialogue about multiracialism and identity.This free screening was made possible by Topic, which produced The Loving Generation .
To register, CLICK HERE .

Resistance and Revolution
Two Dramatic Readings
Thursday, July 5, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Cathedral of St. John
271 N. Main Street, Providence
Join us on July 5th for dramatic readings of two of our nation's most radical documents - the Declaration of Independence and Frederick Douglass' speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" Come celebrate Frederick Dougalss' 200th birthday year while exploring America's history of resistance and revolution.  To RSVP: CLICK HERE .

CFR Traveling Exhibition
Now Ready to Roll
The CFR Museum Team has completed its first exhibition. “Racism: the Worm in the Apple” is a traveling exhibition that is available to visit all seven Episcopal Dioceses in New England in 2018. If you would like to display the exhibit in your area, contact your local Episcopal Diocesan office and ask them to schedule it. The six panel exhibition may be available to visit your church, school, library or community center starting in 2019. Added bonus: the exhibit is installed by a CFR trained educator who provides a presentation and facilitates a dialogue with participants. If you would like to see the exhibit in Providence, it will be available at the Cathedral of St. John when not visiting visiting another location. To learn more about the CFR's traveling and visiting exhibits, please go to cfrri.org/exhibits.

International Slave Trade Walking Tours Resume for 2018
Our popular International Slave Trade Walking Tour resumed on May 5 as part of Jane’s Walk, a global festival held on the first weekend each May. The College Hill and the International Slave Trade Walking Tour offers an exclusive “behind the scenes” look inside several local historic sites, discussing Rhode Island’s complicity and resistance to the international slave trade from a variety of viewpoints. Everyone from the state’s wealthiest early citizens to its most recent antebellum immigrants helped the Ocean State become the US’s largest contributor to the slave trade. Tour stops include the John Brown House, John Carter Brown Library, University Hall, Stephen Hopkins House, Cathedral of St. John cemetery, and the Cathedral itself.

Additional tours are planned throughout the summer and fall. For more information, contact info@cfrri.org, visit www.cfrri.org/tours . If you would like to request a tour for groups of 10-20 please submit a request here - Tour Request Form

CFR Faith Community Liaisons
Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. - Noon
Cathedral of St. John
Do you know someone who would like to become a   CFR Faith Community Liaison  ?  A Liaison chooses his or her l evel of commitment. A CFR liaison:
  • Is the primary conduit of information between the CFR and their faith community.
  • Posts flyers, and generally alerts interested community members about CFR programs, in whatever way is most appropriate for their community. The CFR will send materials about once a month.
  • Informs the Elon Cook Lee or Pam McDonald of any concerns or questions their community may have about CFR programs or events and lets us know how the CFR can best serve their community.
  • May attend a CFR training event to learn how to engage more successfully in conversations that advance racial reconciliation. (See Workshop for Interpreters, above.)
  • Requests CFR programs based on the interests of their community. These programs can be in collaboration with their house of worship, a library, or another group or institution in the community.  
  • Can ask the CFR how to find resources for individuals and groups that want to advance the cause of racial reconciliation.

A few CFR Liaisons have already hosted and/or presented successful programs including a fascinating 3-hour training about the history of slavery and freedom, and guidance about how to talk about race; and a 3-part series,  Race: The Power of an Illusion.   

Come to our next training session. You will learn a lot!
 To register, CLICK HERE . PW: CFR

Questions or ideas? Please contact Pam McDonald,  pmcdonald772@gmail.com

Past Events

CFR Holds First Movie Night
On April 5, the Center for Reconciliation, The Providence Center for Media Culture and Cable Car Cinema presented a screening of the Oscar winning film, "Get Out" at the Cathedral of St. John to more than 80 people. After the movie the audience engaged in a vigorous and thought provoking discussion about racism, violence, horror films, stereotypes and racialized fears. The audience dialogue was moderated Elon Cook Lee, and included horror film expert Dr. Michael Siegel and Rev. Cara Rockhill who is trained in trauma and addiction counseling.

This screening was co-sponsored by Science on Screen, which creatively pairs screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with lively presentations by notable experts from the world of science and technology. Science on Screen is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theater in Brookline, MA, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

CFR Racial Justice Events Calendar
The CFR maintains a Racial Justice Events Calendar, showing events around the state that connect with our mission of racial reconciliation. The calendar is updated monthly. To see the calendar, visit our website

Racial Reconciliation Work Around Rhode Island
The Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition held its annual Interfaith Poverty Conference on May 9th at Rhode Island College. The k eynote speaker was the Rev.Traci Blackmon. the Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO. As a featured voice on many regional, national, and international platforms, Rev. Blackmon’s life work focuses on communal resistance to systemic injustice. Workshops were offered: 1) Housing is a Human Right: How the lack of affordable housing and discriminatory policies keep people from accessing safe and stable housing in Rhode Island; 2) Caring for our Children: From crumbling school infrastructure, to quality education and nutrition, how can we better provide for our states children?; 3) Race and Poverty: The continuing impact of structural racism as it relates to immigration, civil liberties, and poverty in Rhode Island; and 4) Fair Wages - Fair Employment: Extending equality in the workplace, how fair wages and equal pay are critical to the economic success of Rhode Island.
Further Resources
Providence College Professor Investigates Slavery and Banking. Rhode Island NPR, May 10, 2018. What happens when people can be mortgaged like property? Professor of history Sharon Ann Murphy has received an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship for her project "Banking on Slavery in the Antebellum South." To listen/read, CLICK HERE .

Lynching Memorial Forces Us To Confront Our Racist Past — And Present. WBUR commentary. By Margaret Burnham, May 2, 2018. To read, CLICK HERE .

How Race Settled the Suburbs. Short video from Upworthy. There is a reason suburbs are so predominately white. To watch, CLICK HERE.

‘Barracoon’ and ‘Slave Old Man’ Approach the Trauma of Slavery With Care and Kinship . By Parul Sehgel, The New York Times. May 2, 2018. Written 70 years apart and in very different genres, both these books tell the stories of Africans captured and sold into slavery in the New World. "Slave Old Man" is a novel first published in France in 1997 by the Martiniquais writer Patrick Chamorseau. About to be published for the first time, "Barracoon," the true story of a survivor of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, was written by Zora Neale Hurston. To read the review, CLICK HERE .

Use Your White Privilege to Fight Racism. By Renee Graham, The Boston Globe , April 24, 2018. “'I’m white. I have white privilege. I’m ashamed of it. I received this e-mail from a woman in Oregon, and its pained tone didn’t surprise me at all. It was a response to my column about the destructive toll of white fear on black lives after two men were  arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks  for no other reason than being black." To read Graham's response, CLICK HERE .

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