‘Til the White Day is Done


‘Til the White Day is Done
is a multi-dimensional and interactive experience focusing on racism and white privilege through art, education, and entertainment. It includes an anthology, curriculum guide, feature length documentary, workshops, and a national “town hall” style tour.

This project includes the voices of Game-Changers, Paradigm-Shifters, Wisdom-Callers: Sonia Sanchez, Talib Kweli and his father, Dr. Perry Greene, April Silver, Rosa Clemente, Danny Hoch, Inga Musico, Jeff Chang, Tim Wise, Suheir Hammad, M1, Esther Armah, Baba Israel, Chuck D, MC Serch, Peggy McIntosh, Marcella Runell Hall and many more.

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Videos | Curriculum Guide | Excerpts

Resources | LRL Curriculum Additions
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Trailer

MC Serch Speaks

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Love, Race & Liberation Curriculum Guide
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“Love, Race and Liberation – ‘Til the White Day is Done”
Co-Edited by JLove Calderon and Marcella Runell Hall with writers Piper Anderson, Tanesha Barnes, Andrea Dre Domingue, and Samantha Shapses Wertheim

featuring Love Letters for Liberation by:
Kahlil Almustafa, Esther Armah, Hector Calderón, Richard Chavolla, Suheir Hammad, Ariel Luckey, Peggy McIntosh, Pedro Noguera, Sofia Quintero, and Tim Wise

including Exclusive Interviews from:
Danny Hoch, Talib Kweli and his father Dr. Perry Greene, M1 from Dead Prez, Sonia Sanchez, and MC Serch

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About the curriculum guide:

The title of this guide gives a nod to the one of the greatest poets of the Twentieth Century. ‘Til the White Day is Done is a line from the 1926 poem Dream Variation’s by Langston Hughes. In the daytime universe of the poem the narrator dreams of flinging his arms wide in the face of the sun—an act of protest and resistance, of joy and celebration. ‘Til the White Day Is Done represents a commitment to end oppression in all forms- to eliminate the current “White Day.” White people are the world’s minority, yet white supremacy and racism are the scaffolding on which the American political and socioeconomic systems are built.

This guide adds the new millennium piece of making sure the important elements of love and liberation are included in all conversations about race. This book was conceived by educator-activists JLove Calderon and Marcella Runell Hall in an effort to put action steps behind anti-racist rhetoric, in a move toward being truly and unapologetically pro-liberation–for everyone.

Within the pages you will find love letters written to educators by some of the leading voices on contemporary issues of race and racism. There are also over twenty lesson plans, which range from the social construction of race, to the racialization of social media, to the prison industrial complex. This book is meant to catapult us to action, prompt dialogue, stimulate our minds and hearts, and provide educators with profound yet practical tools for creating social justice.

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Excerpts

“…The problem is, when you leave your white community at home bereft of any thought provoking culture and activism, then your community grows up and becomes soldiers and senators and congressmen and even presidents. And they wind up making policy for us in New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco. And then you complain and you rail about the right wing but the right wing is there because you left. That’s why the right wing is there. So you’re a hypocrite to sit in New York City with your Obama button at your Obama party and your Obama rally voting for Obama in New York State when Obama is already gonna get elected here without you. But it’s not glamorous to go to Colorado and try to get your community to vote for Obama. It’s not glamorous to stay in Wisconsin and get your white community to vote for Obama. As a matter of fact it’s dangerous. -Danny Hoch, interview, ‘Til the White Day is Done

“While millions of white folks are committed to—if not chomping at the bit for—a “post-racism” time, few seem willing to see our own racism, how it operates inside our hearts and the difficult work that is required in order to uproot it. I know there are many kinds of racism and hatreds, and whites are not the only folks who choose to engage with the world in this way. However, and this is a big however, white folks, whether consciously or not, inherit a life in the dominant culture and if that is not reckoned with, white racism will continue as if has for the past 500 years in the Americas.” -Inga Musico, essay, ‘Til the White Day is Done

“It was in junior high school where cops went from being people who looked like they could help you, to them looking at me with suspicion. I remember that feeling. All through my life, teachers had real problems with my name. I remember being told by educators that, with my name, I would never be able to have a real position in America. I remember people telling me, when I had my first son, named Amani Fela, that I shouldn’t have named him an African name because he could never be president with an African name.” -Talib Kweli, interview, ‘Til the White Day is Done

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Other Resources

Below are a few resources to get you started on your journey. There is so much more out there and I encourage you to add to the dialogue by voicing your opinion, sharing resources and ideas, and fully engaging through your actions.

READ

Essays

  • Robert Jensen (click here)
  • Peggy McIntosh (click here)

Books

ENGAGE

Follow these blogs/websites/videos

ACT

Get Involved

*Resource List composed by JLove Calderon, Terrell Davis and Marcella Runell Hall

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LRL Curriculum Additions

  • Links for Appropriate / Appreciate Lessons

Eminem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnWLw2-xRDg

Elvis: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6A3vLlVa3I

Yoga Ad: http://images5.cafepress.com/product/97412405v4_480x480_Front_Color-BlackWhite.jpg

Slang Ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzScjI78dWI&feature=player_embedded

Paris: http://img156.imageshack.us/i/paris20hilton2020thats20hot20s.jpg/

Chinese Tattoos Gone Wrong: http://offbeatink.com/tattoo-designs/chinese-tattoos-gone-wrong/

Henna: http://i66.photobucket.com/albums/h267/Caribloo/Tattoos/henna-tattoos.jpg

Lotus: http://www.zhippo.com/PrimalUrgeTattoosHOSTED/images/gallery/ohm-lotus-tattoo-m.jpg

Foreign Film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABSvppyQGdE

African Dance Class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-DK-zVa4pM&feature=related

Hip Hop Dance Class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dVNP9jI7ic

 

  • Links for Race and Media Curriculum:

Nacirema: https://www.msu.edu/~jdowell/miner.html

Nightly News Show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RVHDlPqZWE

Music Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qm8PH4xAss

TV Sit-Com: http://www.hulu.com/watch/31022/friends-the-one-at-the-beach—bff#s-p1-sr-i0

 

  • Links for Expressing Yourself: Processing Privilege Through the Arts

http://www.peopleshistory.us/watch/videos

http://www.quotationspage.com/

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author, educator, producer

Author, educator, and producer of film and television, JLove Calderón has worked passionately on social justice, race and gender issues for the last 16 years. In settings that range from hip-hop ciphers to the college classroom, JLove is widely respected for her advocacy of “truth, love, and freedom” as guiding principles to inspire dialogue and action toward liberation for all people and the planet.

To download JLove’s Press Kit, click here.

Contact

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Drake R. Holliday or April R. Silver
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