Critical Race Theory Conversation Follow up
Thank you for attending our event held on Tuesday November 9th, titled “Critical Race Theory: How it Affects Me and Why it Matters. A conversation with three educators”.
We are tremendously grateful to our panelists for sharing their expertise, passion, and experiences. They exceeded our expectations and provided us all a truly educational and enlightening 90 minutes. We have compiled a list of resources provided from the panelists and moderator to deepen our understanding of the topic Critical Race Theory. Those resources are listed below and can also easily be accessed on our webpage: St. John’s Anti-racism Resource .
Thank you to our co-sponsors for their collaboration and commitment to learning.
All Saints: http://allsaintschicago.org, Church of the Ascension: http://ascensionchicago.org, and Church of the Atonement: http://atonementchicago.org
–The St. John’s Antiracism Team
Co-Chairs: Anna Ware AnnawareSLP@gmail.com and Laura Singer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rev. Kara Wagner Sherer, Rector email@example.com
Resources for further reading and discovery
Recommendations from Blanche B. Cook:
CAUGHT: Calculating the Moves of Power in our Midst, A TEDx talk at Wayne State University
Critical Race Theory: An Introduction, Second Edition by: Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic (2012)
Forward: The Jurisprudence of Reconstruction (California Law Review, Vol 82, No. 4 July 1994), by Angela Harris
Looking to the Bottom: Critical Legal Studies and Reparations, by Mari J. Matsuda
Handbook of Critical Race Theory in Education, by Marvin Lynn and Adrienne D. Dixson (2021)Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color, by Kimberle Crenshaw
Recommendations from Kyle Westbrook:
Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own, by Eddie S. Glaude Jr. (2020)
No Name in the Street, by James Baldwin
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander
A Nation by Design: Immigration Policy in the Fashioning of America, by Aristide Zolberg
Ghosts in the Schoolyard: Racism and School Closings on Chicago’s South Side, by Eve L. Ewing
Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow, by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880, by W.E.B. Du Bois
Making the Second Ghetto: Race and Housing in Chicago 1940-1960, by Arnold R. Hirsch
A Political Education: Black Politics and Education Reform in Chicago Since the 1960s, by Elizabeth Todd-Breland
Recommendations from Heather Yutzy:
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo (2018)
Caste, by Isabel Wilkerson (2020)
You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience, by Tarana Burke and Brene Brown (2021)
The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by James H. Cone (2011)
Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, by Kristin Kobes Du Mez (2020)
Code Switch Podcast From NPR
Recommendations from Duncan Moore:
The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson (2010)
Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi (2019)
Recommendations from St. John’s members
An article from the New Republic about the November 2021 Virginia governor race
From the New Yorker The Void that Critical Race Theory was Created to Fill
From the New Yorker podcast The New Culture Wars over American History
An article about the slave auction controversy in Traverse City, Michigan
An article about the founder of Critical Race Theory, Derrick Bell
An article about how CRT became weaponized as a public issue
From The Episcopal Church Office of Racial Reconciliation
Let’s Talk CRT: Christian Race Theory By Stephanie Spellers
From the Chicago Public Library:
A reading list from Ibram X. Kendi from the Chicago Public Library
From the St. John’s Antiracism Team:
A video on why we do antiracism work: Can I get a Witness?
Our Antiracism Team Page: https://www.stjohnschicago.com/?page_id=5268
A reading list of books by African-American writers: Reading to End Racism
A reading list of books on white supremacy: Wrestling with White Supremacy
A reading list of books by Hispanic and Latinx authors: Latinx Book Group
All Souls/Day of the Dead
Join via Zoom Meeting ID: 874 4418 0048 Passcode: 3857
Free Concert on October 24
Sunday, October 24
Pieces I Wrote on a Cold Winter Night
Masked, vaccinated people over 12 (and children under 12) are welcome in person.
You can also watch the performance online via Zoom:
Meeting ID 878 8575 2024 Passcode 3857
Concert is free.
Critical Race Theory: How it Affects Me and Why it Matters.
A Conversation with three educators
Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
St. John’s Episcopal Church at 3857 N. Kostner Ave. Chicago, IL 60641 and on-line
Chicago Episcopal churches sponsor an event to educate members and the community to gain a general understanding of Critical Race Theory, explore why is it important to know about CRT, and how CRT affects our daily lives, especially in Chicago. Three educators will speak from their expertise and experience, with moderated questions from the audience. The featured speakers are Dr. Blanche Cook, JD, Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law; Dr. Kyle P. Westbrook, Executive Director of Partnership for College Completion; and Ms. Heather Yutzy, Principal of Haugen Elementary in Chicago.
About Dr. Blanche B. Cook
Dr. Cook is an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky Rosenberg College of Law. She teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Race and the Law, Critical Race Theory, Critical Race Feminism, and a seminar on Sex Trafficking. She earned her bachelor of arts degree from Vassar College and her law degree at the University of Michigan. Before joining the Rosenberg College of Law, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Department of Justice, where she specialized in large-scale drug and sex-trafficking prosecutions. Professor Cook has established herself as a leading expert on sex trafficking by problematizing the entire spectrum of sex-trafficking prosecutions and the commercialization and exploitation of vulnerable flesh. She is actively involved in shaping the emerging nationwide discourse on sex trafficking.
About Dr. Kyle P. Westbrook
Dr. Westbrook is the founding executive director of Partnership for College Completion, a nonprofit that champions policies and practices focused on equity in higher education. Previously he was the Executive Director of Educational Policy under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Executive Director of Magnet, Gifted, and IB Programs for Chicago Public Schools, Director of Secondary School Support for the University of Chicago, and a high school teacher for twelve years in Chicago. Dr. Westbrook received his Bachelor of Science and masters of science in Education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and his Ph. D in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
About Ms. Heather Yutzy
Heather Yutzy is the principal of Haugan Elementary School in Albany Park. Although new at Haugan, she has 20 years of experience as a school principal and assistant principal. She is passionate about helping students and teachers to thrive, both academically and socially. Ms. Yutzy believes that the school and parents are most powerful when we work together as partners. Ms. Yutzy holds a B.A. degree in Elementary Education, and M.A. in Educational Administration and she worked as a teacher in CPS for nine years before becoming an administrator. She has now been an educational leader for 23 years. She has worked as an instructional coach and consultant, and as an assistant principal and principal at several schools. Heather considers one of her key accomplishments as principal to be when her school twice achieved exemplary honors for social emotional learning.
This program is sponsored by four Chicago Episcopal Churches
All Saints: allsaintschicago.org
Church of the Ascension: ascensionchicago.org
Church of the Atonement: atonementchicago.org
St. John’s Episcopal Church: stjohnschicago.com
Author Talk: recording available
Click on this link to hear a recording of the talk which occurred on September 21, 2021.