Black Lives Matter. We are living through a critical time of radical possibility and incredible violence, where anger, sadness, justice, and power are all the name of the game.
In this class, develop the language and strategy to understand, unpack, and fight racism in our world today through the thought tools of African American Studies and the insights of activist organizing. Learn about the construction of race as a concept, and the various forms that racism has taken at different points in American history and understand how historical racism in the United States shapes the current political climate, including the Black Lives Matter movement and the rhetoric of the presidential election.
By the end of this course you will understand key theory in contemporary discussions about race center on, including structural racism, code switching, afro-pessimism, and gaslighting. Come together to strategize and imagine ways to channel the anger and fear of our modern moment into real change in Washington, DC and in the world.
About your teacher, Whitney Shephard
Whitney Shephard is the Racial Justice Program Coordinator at the Center for Community Change in Washington, DC. She has a B.A. from U.C. Irvine in English and African American Studies, as well as a M.A. from George Washington University in American Studies. Her publications include “The Death of Race: Living Posthumously in a Post-Racial Society,” forthcoming from Bucknell Press, as well as an “Introduction to Negro Poetry and Drama: Revisiting the Voices of Early African American Figures” from Westphalia Press. She has a strong background and familiarity of humanities, social justice initiatives, non-profit management, and policy studies, and has worked in the academic, activist, and non-profit sector for many years.
About Little Academy
Each class at Little Academy offers a crash course in an interesting, important subject. See our full class list here. Part performance, part discovery–eachclass blends informative lecture with creative engagement. Have a drink, meet new people, learn from an expert, and join some of the district’s most interesting conversations. Enrollment in any Little Academy class also reserves your spot at the Little Gala in September, a one-of-a-kind grand salon at the end of the summer designed to bring the Little crowd together.