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December 2020

*DIGITAL*: Racism in America Forum: Growing Up Black in Rural Vermont

December 1, 2020
7:00 pm
Young African American man seen in profile

Moderated by Reverend Arnold Isidore Thomas, this month's forum Growing Up Black in Vermont features a panel of African American students from Mount Mansfield Union High School, Woodstock Union High School, and Randolph Union High School, who will share their experiences. Read More »

February 2021

*DIGITAL*: Split/Screen – African American Women Filmmakers

February 19 – February 28
Four Black women from different films

A focus on films made by African American women directors, including screenings and filmmaker conversations. Lasting 10 days, this virtual film series offers and opportunity to watch a range of films - both classic and contemporary from some of the most prominent filmmakers in the USA. Read More »

March 2021

*DIGITAL*: Racism in America Forum: Black Female Activists in Vermont

March 24
7:00 pm
Two hands cuffed with words like "bias" and "poverty" written on them

Rev Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas will moderate a conversation with a panel of Black female activists in Vermont. Panelists include Ebony Kirkland of Black Lives Matter Vermont; Shela Linton, Organizer/Program Coordinator of The Root; and Sha'an Mouliert, Community Organizer, Educator, and Artist. Read More »

April 2021

*DIGITAL*: Racism in America Forum: Re-imagining Policing and Public Safety in Vermont

April 21
7:00 pm
Two hands cuffed with words like "bias" and "poverty" written on them

Rev. Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas moderates a panel discussion with Lieutenant Robert Lucas, Commander of the Williston State Police Barracks; Maroni Minter, Campaign Director of VT ACLU; and Captain Garry Scott, Director of Fair and Impartial Policing with Vermont State Police. Read More »

May 2021

*DIGITAL* Vermont Reads Book Discussion: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

May 4
2:00 pm
The Hate U Give cover

Mississippi writer Angie Thomas’ debut novel, “The Hate U Give,” runs headlong into the challenges faced by young black kids in a world that doesn’t value their bodies or respect their voices. Yet it’s a universal story about a young girl making the choice to speak out. Starr’s struggle to find her voice will likely resonate deeply with any kid who is facing down violence in their home, their neighborhood or their country. Read More »

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*DIGITAL*: Racism in America Forum: NAACP in Vermont

May 5
7:00 pm
Two hands cuffed with words like "bias" and "poverty" written on them

Rev. Dr Isidore Thomas moderates a conversation with Steffen Gillom, President of Windham County NAACP and Mia Schultz, President of the Rutland NAACP. They will share their thoughts regarding major issues and concerns of Black Americans, including Black Vermonters. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Vermont Reads Book Discussion: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

May 6
10:00 am
The Hate U Give cover

Mississippi writer Angie Thomas’ debut novel, “The Hate U Give,” runs headlong into the challenges faced by young black kids in a world that doesn’t value their bodies or respect their voices. Yet it’s a universal story about a young girl making the choice to speak out. Starr’s struggle to find her voice will likely resonate deeply with any kid who is facing down violence in their home, their neighborhood or their country. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* An Evening with Angie Thomas

May 26
7:00 pm
Angie Thomas, author of "The Hate U Give." Photo by Anissa Hidouk.

Join Angie Thomas, the author of five acclaimed books, in a free Zoom presentation for Vermont Reads 2020. Her bestselling debut novel, "The Hate U Give," won multiple national and international awards. Vermont Reads has introduced the book to thousands of Vermonters of all ages, who engaged with Thomas’ YA novel through a variety of community activities. Read More »

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June 2021

*Cancelled*: Racism in America Forum: Social Equity Caucus

June 11
7:00 pm
Two hands cuffed with words like "bias" and "poverty" written on them

In the summer of 2019 Vermont State Senators, Representatives, and citizens met at Hartford Union High School in Hartford, VT to form the Social Equity Caucus to advocate for the creation and passage of social justice legislation affecting people of color. We will hear and discuss what progress has been made from its founding members: State Representative Kevin Christie, State Representative Brian China, and State Representative Lucy Rogers. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Vermont Reads Book Discussion: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

June 22
7:00 pm
The Hate U Give cover

Mississippi writer Angie Thomas’ debut novel, “The Hate U Give,” runs headlong into the challenges faced by young black kids in a world that doesn’t value their bodies or respect their voices. Yet it’s a universal story about a young girl making the choice to speak out. Starr’s struggle to find her voice will likely resonate deeply with any kid who is facing down violence in their home, their neighborhood or their country. Read More »

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