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The Team offers films and discussions on various Sundays throughout the year.

Our Next Offering will be announced soon.

The Anti-Racism Team fosters the transformation of our congregation into an intentionally anti-racist community. The team sponsors sporadic programs to address racism on individual, institutional and systemic levels. The Anti-Racism Team will also collaborate with other congregational groups engaged in anti-oppression work. We believe that racism is a problem that must be addressed and solved by white people. It is the duty of white people to educate themselves to the realities of racism that many people of color do not have the luxury of ignoring. For some of us it is a long road to enlightened understanding, but we believe that it is never too early to raise the topic of racism with white people, and never too early to take whatever steps we can to acknowledge and counter the inequitable treatment of our fellow humans

Community Church has a long history of antiracism leadership to live up to. In 1909 John Haynes Holmes (two ministers back) was among the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Community Church has been hosting a monthly ‘Anti-Racism’ potluck sponsored by the Anti-Racism Alliance for people who have completed the Undoing Racism Training offered by the People's Institute for Survival & Beyond. Click for more information.

We welcome newcomers and those more advanced in their anti-oppression consciousness. Your ideas and energy are our lifeblood. Share your gifts and perspectives. Learn with us.

To sample an excellent article on what white people can do, click here.

Antiracism Team's Programs and Schedule

We are working on the scedule!  See the bi-monthly publication CONNECTIONS and Sunday Announcements for up-to-date information.




Past films we have seen:
--Get on the Bus (Spike Lee on the Million Man March)
--Jim Brown, All American
--The Rosa Parks Story
--Feast of All Saints
--Race, The Power of Illusion (PBS produced)
--Hotel Rwanda
--American History X
--White Man's Burden
--Dorothy Dandridge
--(Malcolm) X (Spike Lee's)
--4 Little Girls
--Slave Reparations - The Final Passage
--Lackawanna Blues
--Color Purple
--For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story-- This very earnest film begins and ends with Irene Cara's dramatic reading of Myrlie Evers' words. In between, patient viewers are rewarded with a moving portrait of a determined, dedicated, and doomed man whose life was spent in a noble cause. [Medgar Evers might have been forgotten if not for Rob Reiner's ambitious but flawed "Ghosts Of Mississippi." But if one were just to watch that film, one would only know Evers as a dead martyr with a brave widow (Myrlie Evers-Williams), a determined newspaper reporter (Jerry Mitchell) and a brilliant lawyer (Bobby DeLaughter) seeking to bring his killer to justice. However you would not know much about who Medgar Evers was or what he tried to do.]
Don't expect big stars or flashy production values. Just watch and be absorbed into the life of a great man. THEN watch ""Ghosts Of Mississippi!"
--Ghosts of Mississippi - The hunt for Medgar Evers' killer
--Daughters of the Dust - At the turn of the century, West African slaves were brought to a small island near South Carolina to labor in the indigo trade. Isolated in the swampy atmosphere, the Gullah community was built based on ancient Yoruba traditions.
--Rosewood - Feb 2, 2007- A dramatization of a 1923 horrific racist lynch mob attack on an African American community in Florida.
--Gentleman’s Agreement - Tackling racial prejudice head-on, this Darryl F. Zanuck production won the 1947 Best Picture Oscar. With Gregory Peck.
--Freedom Song - (Dec 1, 2006) At the end, when they were singing in jail, I liked it, when the deputy or jailer told them, "If they didn't stop singing, he was going to take away their mattresses." They replied "No problem Brother." You can take my mattress away, because I'm going to let it shine.
--The Feast of All Saints - Set in nineteenth-century New Orleans, the story depicts the gens de couleur libre, or the Free People of Colour, a dazzling yet damned class caught between the world of white privilege and black oppression.
--Mississippi Burning - (January 5, 2007) the story of how a group of Ku Klux Klan members murdered civil rights activists James Chaney, Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman in Philadelphia, Mississippi, in the summer of 1964. The movie portrays the murders, but FBI agents Rupert Anderson (Gene Hackman) and Alan Ward (Willem Dafoe) are made up.
--Tuskegee Airmen (March 2, 2007)
--America's Dream (May 4, 2007)
--A Lesson Before Dying (July 6, 2007)
--Miss Evers' Boys (August 3, 2007)
--The Searchers (September 7, 2007)
--The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) (October 4, 2007)
--To Kill a Mockingbird (November 2, 2007)
--A Woman Called Moses (December 7, 2007 & Jan 2008)
Tim Wise on "The Browning of America and Institutional Racism" February 1, 2008
--Philadelphia (1993) March 7, 2008
--The Brother from Another Planet (1984) April 4, 2008
--Confederate States of America (2004) May 2, 2008
--Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind (2000) June 6, 2008
--Middle Passage July 11, 2008
--Traces of the Trade, August 1, 2008
--Reconstruction: The Second Civil War [2 Parts] September 5, 2008 and November 7, 2008
--Tim Wise on DVD, October 3, 2008
--500 Years Later (2005) December 5, 2008
--Van Jones (Ware Lecture of the UUA's General Assembly): The Relationship between Institutional Racism and the Environment (January, 2009)
--The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (Episode 1 -1865-1869): Promises Betrayed (February, 2009)
--The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (Episode 2 - 1869-1917): Fighting Back (March, 2009)
--The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (Episode 3 - 1917-1940): Don't Shout Too Soon (April, 2009)
--The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow (Episode 4 -1940-1954): Terror and Triumph (May, 2009)


To make suggestion for or against future films, write to adele.donham@earthlink.net .


Unitarian Universalist Association and Anti-Racism

Ten years ago the General Assembly made a commitment to move toward becoming an anti-racist, anti-oppressive multicultural Association of Congregations. That resolution said in part:
WHEREAS our history as Unitarian Universalists includes evidence of both great commitment and individual achievement in the struggle for racial justice as well as the failure of our Unitarian Universalist institutions to respond fully to the call for justice; and
WHEREAS because of the impact of racism on all people, and the interconnection among oppressions, we realize we need to make an institutional commitment to end racism; and

WHEREAS we are called yet again by our commitment to faith in action to pursue this anti-racist, multi-cultural initiative in the spirit of justice, compassion, and community;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the General Assembly urges the Unitarian Universalist Association, its congregations, and community organizations to develop an ongoing process for the comprehensive institutionalization of anti-racism and multiculturalism, understanding that whether or not a group becomes multi-racial, there is always the opportunity to become anti-racist.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the General Assembly urges all Unitarian Universalist leaders to engage in ongoing anti-racism training, to examine basic assumptions, structures, and functions, and, in response to what is learned, to develop action plans.

At the 2006 General Assembly a resolution written by a GA delegate in response to reports of UUA officers as well as events impacting Unitarian Universalist communities of color, especially youth, at the 2005 and 2006 General Assemblies, was overwhelmingly supported by the delegates from over 600 UU congregations:

Resolved, that the Delegates to General Assembly are charged to work with their congregations to hold at least one program over the next year to address racism or classism, and to report on that program at next year's General Assembly.


I. Functions and Objectives

1) To foster the transformation of our congregation into an intentionally anti-racist community.

2) To develop programs for the congregation to identify and address racism on individual, institutional, and systemic levels. Programs will be open to all in the congregation and in some cases to the larger community.

3) To design and lead Sunday or other worship services dedicated to issues related to anti-racism, as part of the annual worship calendar and in collaboration with the ministers.

II. Organization The team shall consist of members and friends of the congregation who are willing to commit themselves to participation in the work of the team. Majority of members will be voting members of the church.

B. Officers:

1) The chair will also serve on the Church Council and will be voting members of the Church.

2) The chair shall serve for two years with elections to install a new chair on June 1 of odd years.

III. Meetings: The team shall meet monthly.

Updated 4/7/04


Further Information:

To receive notices of this Group's activities join our Yahoo Group:

Subscribe to CCNY AntiRacism Group


Also see the "Links" section of the above Yahoo!Group for more resources.

To receive notices of other NYC UU antiracism activities join this Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Antiracism-NYC-UU/

For UU District antiracism resources see http://www.antiracism.net/

For UUA resources including e-newsletters , visit http://www.uua.org/programs/justice/antiracism/resources.html

Diverse & Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM).http://www.druumm.org

UU Allies for Racial Equity Website: http://www.uuallies.org/

One document is available to download in the members-only area of this site: a one page description of the Anti-Racism Team in Word, Updated 5/28/08.





Last Published: September 5, 2017 9:21 PM