I am passionate about civil rights, equality, and using education to make monumental changes in the world. I'm a curious person trying to learn, not a credentialed expert trying to teach. I’ve formed this meetup to learn more about racism, to re-learn what I've been told, to have open and frank discussions and to support the positive work being done by the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation (JTM). I believe in their efforts to end racism through education because they have found that the most effective way to change racist ideology is to begin with education.
Systemic racism is pervasive in the US today. It is a form of racism expressed in the practice of social and political institutions. It is reflected in disparities regarding wealth, income, criminal justice, employment, housing, health care, political power and education, among other factors. Systemic racism assumes white superiority individually, ideologically and institutionally. The assumption of superiority can pervade thinking consciously and unconsciously.
Racism is a learned behavior. The sooner we can teach children what racism is and to call it out when they see it, the sooner we can see a brighter future.
To change systemic racism requires education, open and honest conversation, action directed at the systems that support racism and the desire and courage to have the conversation.
About the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation
The Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation exists to end racism through education. That’s who we are and what we are about. Founded in 2014, the Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation began with a goal to to preserve, share and continue the legacy of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland by educating people about the Civil Rights Movement and how they can make a difference too and we continue to do that today. Through our work, we have found that the most effective way to change racist ideology is to begin with education.
The Joan Trumpauer Mulholland Foundation provides individuals, teachers and classrooms with learning materials to help shed light on American history that is often either misunderstood or skipped over. Using reading materials and video, students are given a multi-faceted approach to learning, catering to the different ways they can best understand new concepts.
Joan has dedicated her life to fighting for Civil Rights. She grew up under a conservative upbringing in Arlington, Virginia, during the Jim Crow era of segregation. She participated in over 50 sit-ins and demonstrations by the time she was 23 years old and earned her a place on the Ku Klux Klan’s most-wanted list. She is a recipient of the 2015 National Civil Rights Museum Freedom Award. A Civil Rights Icon, She was a Freedom Rider, a participant in the Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-in, the March on Washington, the Meredith March and the Selma to Montgomery March. Joan believes that ‘to do nothing is not acceptable’. Today, she continues her fight for civil rights and ending racism through education.