As part of AFT’s effort to respond to the double crisis of disparities revealed by COVID-19 and systemic racism, we are pleased to announce a virtual conversation between the union and Dr. Ibram Kendi, author of “How to be an Antiracist” on Thursday, August 6th at 3:00 p.m.
In addition to being a historian, professor and author of this bestseller, Ibram joined the union years ago early in his career and is a part of the AFT and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) families.
This event will kick off a year long partnership between the AFT and NYSUT to provide informative conversations with leading experts on urgent topics related to race, racism, equity and the union for the entire AFT family.
We all know that the challenge for unions to survive and thrive in the 21st Century is to recognize, understand and incorporate the myriad of ways that the diverse societal, ethnic, racial, linguistic and cultural backgrounds of union members intersect with our power, strength, growth and collective action. This is how we build power. This is how we grow. This is how we advance priorities for working families, communities and the union. This is how we demand pro-union policies at the local, state, and national level.
So please join us on this journey by attending Thursday’s virtual event, and share with others in our union family.
Together we can make a difference in the lives of the children, parents and communities that we serve and take a courageous step towards shaping an anti-racist America.