The Center for Reconciliation offers and supports efforts that lead to social justice, racial equality, and racial reconciliation. We provide a variety of events and programs that create opportunities for learning, sharing and discussing America’s history of slavery, the slave trade and its legacies.
2018 Martin Luther King Celebrations
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The Center for Reconciliation focuses its work around three primary activities:
- Educating people about the history of slavery, the slave trade, racism, systemic injustice, and their current implications;
- Equipping people to process and constructively discuss racial and other prejudicial topics; and
- Engaging in the practice of racial reconciliation and building a more just society.
We can help you, your organization or faith community. Contact the Center to:
- Book a trained facilitator to guide conversations on slavery, race, and privilege
- Train facilitators to lead a book group
- Book a group walking tour
- Screen a film related to issues of race and/or slavery
- Engage a speaker on slavery and the slave trade in Rhode Island, race, privilege, race relations, reconciliation and related topics
- Locate other helpful resources for your own organization
Programs and events that
inspire, inform and engage
The Center offers a wide range of events and ongoing programs designed to connect us to our past (slavery, the slave trade, American history) so we can together build a more just and equitable future. The goal of each event or program is to engender dialogue — as part of the event, on the way home afterwards and with family, friends, co-workers and strangers in the days after the event. Join us for programs and events that will inform and inspire you to become an ambassador of reconciliation.
We provide training for tour guides in how to lead interpretive tours related to slavery. Each trainee attends a tour before being interviewed; if selected he or she assists at three tours, is trained, co-leads one tour and then is observed for one tour before leading a tour on his or her own. The goal is to recruit and train six guides in 2017, with a focus on recruiting young adults of color. Once trained, each tour guide would receive an honorarium for each tour.$550.00 donated of $6,000.00 goal
The Center for Reconciliation Summer Internship Program is open to graduate and undergraduate college students. The purpose of the Internship Program is to: • Educate young adults about and engage them in the work of racial reconciliation • Provide them with a short, full-time work experience that enhances their skills • Use their gifts to expand the work of the CFR • Increase their interest in non-profit careers, especially those addressing the issues of race • Bring new, fresh, young perspectives to our work. Each intern is assigned at least one major project that aligns with his or her gifts, career aspirations or interests. We hope to have two interns for ten weeks each summer at a cost of $10,000.$575.00 donated of $10,000.00 goal
The Center for Reconciliation Young Adult Internship Program is open to graduate and undergraduate college students. The purpose of the Internship Program is to: • Educate young adults about and engage them in the work of racial reconciliation • Provide them with work experience that enhances their skills • Use their gifts to expand the work of the CFR • Increase their interest in non-profit careers, especially those addressing the issues of race • Bring new, fresh, young perspectives to our work. Internships generally are designed to provide college credit during the school year. Each intern is assigned at least one major project that aligns with his or her gifts, career aspirations or interests. That project will produce an end-result that can be evaluated as part of his or her coursework and that has the potential of being used in the work of the CFR.$875.00 donated of $20,000.00 goal
Help us buy an audio system for one of our most popular programs -- the Slavery Walking Tours. College Hill is steep and with traffic noise it is hard to hear, especially for large groups or those with hearing challenges. We want to buy a system that will give each participant a headphone so he/she can clearly hear the tour guide. We plan to use these guide in the museum when it is operative as well, making it possible for us to have larger groups and, again, especially helpful for people who have difficulty hearing.$300.00 donated of $4,000.00 goal
Where are the
Thousands of slaves died during the slave-holding years in Rhode Island. Deacon Ricky wondered where they were all buried since most cemeteries don’t identify slave graves. She knew that Newport’s Common Burial was one of the few cemeteries that had a clearly defined area where slaves were buried (see http://www.colonialcemetery.com). But most slaves were buried in unmarked graves in churchyards, backyards of their owner’s homes (sometimes along side of their owners) or in fields, now far from the eye of the public. She set off to see what she could learn. Follow her progress on the Cemetery Project.
What our participants have said…
Participant response to the MLK CelebrationI just want to say that I thought last night's event was truly outstanding. I was so inspired by the young speakers and musicians. And I learned so much from Dr. King's principles of non-violence. Literally, I am a new person today. Every morning since the election, I have waked up in a state of anxiety. I have been angry and full of hate for Mr. Trump and his surrogates. Today I woke up smiling and optimistic. I am finding it easier to choose love instead of hate.
Responses to the Slavery Walking Tour"Real history is so important about the legacy of slavery & race, many of these things we take for granted and don't think it is based on exploited labor.” "Excellent historical perspective on the Browns, RI, Slavery and its repercussions that continue today"