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Community Activism

"Civil Disobedience," "Social Activism," "Black Lives Matter," "Anti-Racism," and other topics are covered in this guide.

Films on Demand Service

There are a number of videos available on this subject, both on the internet and through our available databases. This page features some useful examples. For more, we recommend accessing the Films on Demand database.

Most white Americans don’t realize our culture protects us from having to truly confront racial inequality, which gives us a major blind spot when it comes to understanding what the reality of systemic racism is for people of color or how complicit we may be in their oppression. We think of racism as something “bad people” engage in, instead of something we’re conditioned into from childhood. As a result, when indirect, unconscious, or less obvious forms of racism and discrimination are exposed for what they are, it challenges our beliefs about ourselves and our world, provoking our own blind spots when it comes to race. And more often than not…well, let’s just say we don’t handle it well." This video provides a crash course in how to identify and overcome white fragility in order to a) improve our racial literacy, b) become better allies, and c) amplify black and brown voices in the interest of achieving equality and justice for people of color.

Systemic racism affects every area of life in the US. From incarceration rates to predatory loans, and trying to solve these problems requires changes in major parts of our system. Here's a closer look at what systemic racism is, and how we can solve it.

From The Tyler Merritt Project and NowThisNews, the video, "Before You Call the Cops," provides personal stories/voices.

High school students and their families attend an assembly to inspire grassroots activism. Cullors discusses why the movement must include the entire black community.

As we see the Black Lives Matter movement on TV and in metro cities, we also see rural communities organizing marches and rallies to support the movement. We have brought together two Black leaders to speak on their experiences living in rural America. This will be a very real conversation and answer a lot of the questions people may have in regard to the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement. The conversation will be led by speaker Dr. Beverly Clark, Dean of Academic Education at Central Community College, and Christopher Cox, football coach at Lexington Public School, in Nebraska. Our partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nebraska, YWCA of Adams County, YWCA of Grand Island, and the Center for Rural Affairs strives to bring real conversation, answers to questions that we may have, and the opportunity to listen in and learn.

We are back with the Black Experience in Rural Nebraska Part 2. We had such a great turnout at our last event, we have brought back Dr. Beverly Clark and Chris Cox to continue our conversation on their lived experiences in regards to being Black in rural Nebraska. We will cover the difference between living in rural and urban settings. We will also talk about, talking to kids about race. Dr. Clark and Mr. Cox will share how current affairs have affected their mental health. In Part One we were not able to address many questions from participants, our hope is to not only listen during this webinar but also allow more time for participation.