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Origin and Meaning of Critical Race Theory

Origin and Meaning of Critical Race Theory In August 2021, the Brookings Institute reported that at least eight states had passed legislation banning the teaching of Critical Race Theory, although only Idaho…

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What’s Next for Voting Rights?

What’s Next for Voting Rights? The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear a pair of cases, being argued together, which address an issue on voting rights.  In Arizona…

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Out of Chaos Comes Growth

Out of Chaos Comes Growth Fred Katz A contested presidential election. The Democrat has won the popular vote, but the electoral vote in several states is being challenged, with both…

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Rightfully Ours: Our Voices, Our Choices

Rightfully Ours: Our Voices, Our Choices Deb Vincent, Director of Youth Programs Thanks to the tireless and unrelenting efforts of women like Daisy Lampkin, our country granted the Constitutional right…

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We Are a 2020 AARP Community Challenge Grantee!

We’re thrilled to announce that Underground Railroad Education Center has been named a recipient of a 2020 AARP Community Challenge grant, one of six grantees selected in New York. We’ll use this generous grant to provide the foundation of our new”Sow We Grow” Year-Round Accessible Indoor Intergenerational Food Gardening Project at our Historic Site and Community Gardens.

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Black Lives Matter or Black Men Matter: Gender and the Movement for Freedom

The Black Lives Matter movement was founded in 2013 in response to the exoneration of Treyvon Martin’s murderer. Exhausted by the cruelty and injustice which black people face from the system, the organization was built on the principles of inclusivity, acceptance, improvement, and humanity in order to “eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.” However, the overt and repeated lack of recognition towards Black female victims – and even for its three queer, black, female founders – begs the question of whether this movement is truly about all black lives, or rather just black male lives.

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The Black Lives Matter Movement: An Origin Story

Trayvon Martin. A 17-year-old Black boy murdered on February 26, 2012 while walking home from a 7-eleven in Sanford, Florida. His killer? George Zimmerman, a white man who served as coordinator of the neighborhood watch. The video of Trayvon’s murder sparked national outrage.

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Young Abolitionist Leadership Institute – Summer 2020

The Young Abolitionist Leadership Institute is one of our core programs. For several weeks each summer, local youth come together at the Myers Residence to steep themselves in the past, present, and future, and leave better equipped to become agents of change for a more just world. Here’s what we’ve been up to this summer!

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UREC Black Lives Matter Statement

UREC Black Lives Matter Statement Underground Railroad Education Center stands in solidarity with the ongoing peaceful movement for social and racial justice. Our solidarity is implicit in our efforts to…

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