Racial Justice Movie Club
Raising Awareness of Racial Justice
Questions? Email Becky Clausen, Racial Justice Book Club facilitator.
Weds., July 7, 7 p.m.
Walter Johnson discusses his book, The Broken Heart of America: St Louis and the Violent History of the United States
Harvard Professor, author and native Missourian Walter Johnson’s The Broken Heart of America: St. Louis and the Violent History of the United States, is a study of St. Louis, its hinterlands, and its victims over centuries. Johnson gives a searing portrait of the racial dynamics that lie inescapably at the heart of our nation, told through the turbulent history of the city of St. Louis. According to Johnson, St Louis exemplifies how imperialism, racism, and capitalism have persistently entwined to corrupt the nation’s past and future. The book represents a triumph in pulling together the stories of settler violence and racism that had traditionally eluded historians. Johnson’s insistence on rooting today’s racism in yesterday’s conquest of indigenous people and enslavement of kidnapped people from Africa makes The Broken Heart of America a book for our times.
Participants should watch the video prior to the July 7 discussion. Watch Walter Johnson discussion of his book, The Broken Heart of America: St Louis and the Violent History of the United States, on Youtube here.
Weds., July 28, 7 p.m.
Dr. Rhea Boyd on “Pandemics + Policing + Protest”
Pediatrician and public health advocate Rhea W. Boyd, MD, MPH, talks about the ways in which racism impacts health and why protest is a profound public health intervention. She also discusses the racial disparities emerging during the U.S. COVID-19 pandemic and the racial disparities evidenced by disproportionate police violence within the broader history of racism in the United States.
Participants should watch the video prior to the June 2 discussion. Watch “Pandemics + Policing + Protest” on Youtube here.