The LFDC (Literature, Film and Drama Contingent) is a program within the Social Justice Council’s “Confronting Racism & Oppression” Initiative. UUCB Member, Camille Parker, is the organizer and this group meets monthly on the first Sunday from 12:30 to 2:30. During the Covid pandemic we are following CDC Guidelines and meeting virtually, using the ZOOM app. The Zoom link for each month’s meeting will be on the uucb.org website in the sidebar, in the “Special Events” section. All are always welcome to join.  Please come and be part of terrific, insightful and honest discussions on race, privilege, oppression, and healing. Bring your own ideas for future book readings, films, dramas and author presentations.

2021 Discussions

January 3 :–Kwanzaa Discussion. The LFDC discussed the tradition which began in December 1966. (Host: Camille Parker)  PDF

January 17:–Dr. James L. Taylor, “The Last Sermon of Martin Luther King: And How Are We Living It.”  Replay Link

February 7:–CASTE: The Origins of our Discontent, Isabel Wilkerson. (Host: Cordell Sloan)  Replay Link

2020 Discussions

January 5:–Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens (Hosts: Susan Blair, Smiley Nelson & the LFDC Chorus)

February 2:–The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison (Host: Camille Parker)

March 1:–Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Host: Dorothy Herzberg) “There is a huge difference between being intolerant and tolerating intolerance.”

April 5:–Sticks and Stones: Disabled People’s Stories of Abuse, Defiance and Resilience (Host: Marsha Saxton; Special Guest: Megan Kirshbaum)

June 7:–How Jews Became White Folks: And What That Says About Race in America, Professor Karen Brodkin (Special Guest:  Dr. Karen Brodkin.  Host: Lenore Ralston)

August 2:–Hiroshima, John Hersey (Commemorating the 75th year after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) (Hosts: Don Klose and Beth Jerde)

September 6:–The Water Dancer, Ta-Nehisi Coates (Host: Lynne Henderson)

October 4:–Fishbowl Conversation (on Race) (Host: Julie Rogers)

November 1:–UUA 2020 Common Read: An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Beacon Press, 2015). (Special Guests: Professor Dunbar-Ortiz and Jean Mendoza.  Hosts: Mimi Bull, Rev. Catherine Boyle, Katie Lipka).  Click HERE for a PDF with more information.

December 6:–Play-Reading of The White Card, by Claudia Rankine.  Five actors from the UUCB community will perform Claudia Rankine’s One Act play, The White Card.  Note the performance will start at 2:00 pm instead of 12:30 pm. This was a one-time performance with no recording as per the contract with the playwright, Claudia Rankine.

2019 Discussions

January 6:–Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking, Malcolm Gladwell (Lonnie Moseley)
February 3:–Black History Month Mélange: (1) Julie Rogers, “The Origins of Whiteness”; (2) Helen Tinsley-Jones, shares family’s quilt depicting the Underground Railroad; (3) Lonnie Moseley and Cordell Sloan, “The Hidden Messages within the Negro Spiritual.”
March 3:–Women’s History Month: History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier, Deborah Lipstadt (Nan Yarbrough). And Julie Ann Winkelstein will talk about “Celebrating the History of Contra Costa County’s Jewish Community,” special events going on through June at the Richmond Museum of History.
April 7:–Learning to Be White: Money Race and God in America, UU Minister Rev. Thandeka (Christina Creveling)
May 12:–There There, Tommy Orange (Mimi Bull)
June 2:–Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory, Elizabeth Rosner (Ms. Rosner will join us!) (Lenore Ralston)
July 7:–Don’t Label Me: An Incredible Conversation for Divided Times, Irshad Manji (Beth Jerde)
August 4:–We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, TaNehisi Coates (Lee Olivier & Jonathan Hofeld)
September 1:–UUA Common Read: Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment (Andrea and Bill Brown)
October 6:–Fishbowl Conversation: “The Impact of Gender.” (Julie Rogers)
November 3:–Lucky Boy, Shanti Sekeran — What really happens to the kids who are separated from their parents by ICE. (Natalie Campbell)
December 1:–The Help, Kathryn Stockett (Julie Rogers)

Previous Years’ Discussions

Books

The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (Nation Book Award winner)
Defying the Nazis: The Sharp’s Story, Artemis Joukowsky, III (We also viewed the Ken Burns’ documentary.)
Whistling Past the Graveyard, Susan Crandall
Margaret Mead and James Baldwin: A Rap on Race (We also listened to a recording of this dialog, enhancing our appreciation of their discussion!)
Martin Luther King, Letter from Birmingham Jail
Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me
Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Nikki Jones, “The Gender of Police Violence”
Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy

Movies/Films

Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible, http://world-trust.org/mirrors-of-privilege-making-whiteness-visible/
The Birth of a Nation, Nate Parker
Loving, Jeff Nichols
Daughters of the Dust, Julie Dash
Film, Cracking the Codes: the System of Racial Inequity

Plays

It Can’t Happen Here, Tony Taccone and Bennett Cohen (But, it did, alas….)
The Last Tiger in Haiti, Jeff Augustin
Ayad Akhtar’s play at Berkeley Rep, Disgraced

Articles

There are too many articles to list, but there was a particularly lively discussion of: It’s Not About Race!, John Metta
https://thsppl.com/its-not-about-race-fb140bac8f1#.5zc6tfor3

Other

We created Moments of Awareness of Unconscious Bias (MAUBs): As a way to help us get in touch with biases we don’t own, let alone talk about, we share those times we catch ourselves thinking or acting in ways that can be considered racist, biased, or self-hating — in the safe space we have created within our meetings. We believe that awareness is key, because: “Individual ignorance sustains institutional racism,” (Jennell Benson, for the Black Lives Matter movement).