Arts & Humanities Bainbridge (AHB) started this Social Justice page because we wanted to focus on the “humanities” part of our name. Specifically, what it means to be human and to support more effective, empathetic social change. The humanities encourage us to be resourceful and to find ways to connect across our differences. The arts provide this bridge. We hope you take advantage of the resources below.
Baroque-Inspired Portraits Celebrate the Beauty of Black Girls’ Natural Hair
Atlanta-based CreativeSoul Photo brought an inspiring artistic vision to life that highlights the beauty of black girls and their natural hair. Regis and Kahran are the husband and wife duo behind the photography studio, and their series_Afro Art_represents their expertise in capturing portraits as well as visual storytelling. The striking images feature young girls in elaborate costuming and hairstyles, from a Baroque-era aesthetic to steampunk clothing to fierce high-fashion ensembles. READ MORE
BHS student prepares for debut performance of Indian classical dance
Sai Prakash is of Indian descent. She was born in New Zealand, and her family moved to the United States when she was six-months-old. Prakash moved to BI two years ago from Mercer Island. The style of dance Prakash has been practicing over the years is called Bharatanatyam, which originated in southern India. In ancient India, this form of dance was the basic mode of entertainment. People would go dancing from city to city praising the king that they were living with, and they would tell their stories through dance and music, Prakash said. READ MORE
TEACH.COM: Gender Sexuality Alliances (GSA) How to Support Gender Sexuality Alliances in Schools
In the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, students at one local high school have started what they call “Milk and Cookies Club.” Each week, the students meet after school, bring milk and cookies and watch a queer movie or YouTube show. The club, which pays homage to LGBTQ icon Harvey Milk, was a creative way for queer students and allies to establish a safe and supportive space in their school, often called gender sexuality alliances (GSAs). READ MORE
What is your story? How are you feeling? TELL IT through drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, poetry, writing, essay, letter, song, performance, film or whatever your medium, and we will share your “voices” on currentsonline.org, Facebook and Instagram.
The 30th Annual Kitsap County Conference for Human Rights
The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook (Hardcover)
An Eater Best Cookbook of Fall 2020 • This groundbreaking new cookbook from chef, bestselling author, and TV star Marcus Samuelsson celebrates contemporary Black cooking in 150 extraordinarily delicious recipes.
It is long past time to recognize Black excellence in the culinary world the same way it has been celebrated in the worlds of music, sports, literature, film, and the arts. Black cooks and creators have led American culture forward with indelible contributions of artistry and ingenuity from the start, but Black authorship has been consistently erased from the story of American food.
Now, In The Rise, chef, author, and television star Marcus Samuelsson gathers together an unforgettable feast of food, culture, and history to highlight the diverse deliciousness of Black cooking today. Driven by a desire to fight against bias, reclaim Black culinary traditions, and energize a new generation of cooks, Marcus shares his own journey alongside 150 recipes in honor of dozens of top chefs, writers, and activists—with stories exploring their creativity and influence.
Black cooking has always been more than “soul food,” with flavors tracing to the African continent, to the Caribbean, all over the United States, and beyond. Featuring a mix of everyday food and celebration cooking, this book also includes an introduction to the pantry of the African diaspora, alongside recipes such as:
Chilled corn and tomato soup in honor of chef Mashama Bailey
Grilled short ribs with a piri-piri marinade and saffron tapioca pudding in homage to authors Michael Twitty and Jessica B. Harris
Crab curry with yams and mustard greens for Nyesha Arrington
Spiced catfish with pumpkin leche de tigre to celebrate Edouardo Jordan
Island jollof rice with a shout-out to Eric Adjepong
Steak frites with plantain chips and green vinaigrette in tribute to Eric Gestel
Tigernut custard tart with cinnamon poached pears in praise of Toni Tipton-Martin
A stunning work of breadth and beauty, The Rise is more than a cookbook. It’s the celebration of a movement.
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Knowing Your History & Teaching Social Justice
List complied by Dania Santana of Embracing DiversityLatino USA. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, this is the only national Latino news and cultural weekly radio program from NPR. This is my personal favorite because of the different pieces they present, because they do a lot of investigative journalism, something I truly love as a journalist myself. Also, they are always bringing different voices to their shows, which makes for awesome stories that represent the multicultural fabric of this country. Yes, you will learn a lot about Latinos specifically if you aren’t Latino, but there is a lot more to this show than the Latino experience. If you are Latino, you are going to relate to many stories and others will make you cry. No matter your background, though, I’m sure this will touch you and broaden your horizons.
Code Switch. Lead by a team of journalists of color, this podcast address the awkward and often had conversations around race and racism in the United States. For those who don’t know how to face these types of conversations, they offer an honest and empathetic view of race, ethnicity and culture as they present themselves within communities of color. They offer not only their professional expertise but also their inside perspectives as members of such communities that will make you laugh, reflect and get out of the comfort zone.
This American Life. This amazing podcast it’s a window to the American experience; the stories you hear here are fresh, different and interest. Sometimes they take you on a journey with an event from the past, and sometimes it’s analyzing the inner workings of family drama and fall out, while some shows have lots of comedy or personal essays. The pick a theme and approach it from different perspectives through diverse stories. This show it’s extremely popular and if you haven’t listen to it, you are definitely missing out.
Otherhood. This one I had heard a lot about, but just started tuning in recently. Like the name accurately suggest, this podcast addresses the experiences of immigrants or the children of immigrants while navigating American culture and always being viewed as the other. I love this concept because of my commitment to validate the first-generation American experience, and this shows does exactly that. The show addresses the emotions they go through and how now that those generations are getting older, they are having a huge impact on this country. I love their promo line, too: “What would the news sound like if media were diverse? Listen to what you’re missing — with Otherhood”.
Multicultural Film List
List Courtesy of Pierre-Antoine Louis & Wesley Morris of The New York Times
The Netflix documentary “13th,” directed by Ava DuVernay, explores the way in which police brutality and mass incarceration go hand in hand. The film got its name from the 13th Amendment, which in 1865 abolished slavery and involuntary servitude “except as punishment for a crime”; scholars and historians examine how that quickly led to the systematic criminalization of black people. This powerful and thought-provoking documentary walks us through the system of incarceration and the economic forces behind racism in America, specifically its compound effects on black people since the abolishment of slavery. PIERRE-ANTOINE LOUIS
I couldn’t settle on a single piece of art that captures what led to this moment. It’s too vast. Instead, here’s some work, in different media, that can serve as a gateway not so much to explain where we’ve found ourselves but to amplify it.
“Uptight,” Jules Dassin (film, 1968)
“Medium Cool,” Haskell Wexler (film, 1969)
“A Different World,” “Honeymoon in L.A.” Parts 1 and 2 (sitcom, 1992)
“The Glass Shield,” Charles Burnett (film, 1995)
“Clockers,” Spike Lee (film, 1995)
‘Detroit ’67’ (2013)
Multicultural Reading List
BLACK MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
A Poem from Lavannya, 17
and one deadly microbe,
brought the whole world to a standstill,
and locked us in our home.
I didn’t know I’d miss school,
or the endless work,
but this self-isolation,
really is cruel.
They say history books will record this,
as the time everyone stayed home,
as if we’ll need something,
to help us remember this.
I miss being with my best friend,
and I miss her hugs.
I hope ‘Stay at Home’ doesn’t extend.
I dream of a day,
where masks aren’t needed.
A world without fear of infection.
I wish this virus,
will soon be defeated.
What Does Social Justice Mean to YOU?
“I [STILL] can’t breathe”: Supporting kids of color amid racialized violence
Things To Do During a Pandemic and Social Injustice
By Denise Stoughton
I’d cleaned this house a million times before,
I’d cleaned this house from top to bottom,
Everything in place.
Dusted, scrubbed, vacuumed, disinfected,
I felt protected.
Polished, organized, purged, cleansed
I felt perfected.
My God, right here in plain sight?
How did it get there!
Smaller than a granule of moon dust, it caught the light,
It just set there!
I swept it into the dustpan quickly,
Poor thing looked so sickly.
Tiny mollusk of a thing.
Spring cleaning, dear.