October 14: Black Lives in RI


On Saturday, October 14, Resist Hate RI is hosting an event, Black Lives in RI: The Legacy of Slavery and Structural Racism in RI. The first part of the event will be hosted by Dr. Walter Anthony, Jr. and will feature talks by Jordan Seaberry, Elon Cook and Dr. Tricia Rose. We’ll end the evening by meeting up for music, drinks and food at The District.

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Presentations and Discussions (St. Martin’s, 50 Orchard Ave, Providence)

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Music, Food and Drinks ( The District, 54 South St, Providence)


Eventbrite - BLACK LIVES IN RI: THE LEGACY OF SLAVERY AND STRUCTURAL RACISM IN RI

(150 FREE tickets available)


Presentations and Discussions

October 14, 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM
St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, 50 Orchard Ave, Providence

Detailed schedule for the day:

1:00 PM: Welcome by Dr. Walter Anthony, Jr.

1:15 PM: The Lively Experiment in Context | Jordan Seaberry, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the Institute for the Study and Practice for Nonviolence will discuss the issues we face today in RI. Rhode Island’s racial history is complex from its onset: RI was the economic engine of American slavery. What does it mean to fight for justice in this context, while our neighbors live with the inherited wealth of the Triangle Trade? Together, we can start telling the truth about race in Rhode Island.

1:30 PM: The Legacy of Slavery and the Slave Trade in RI | Elon Cook, Program Director and Curator for The Center for Reconciliation, will engage participants in a discussion of slavery, the slave trade and freedom in 18th and 19th century Providence, Rhode Island. Dialogue will explore direct connections between the local built environment and the history and legacy of slavery and slave trading.

2:30 PM: How Structural Racism Works | Dr. Tricia Rose, a Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, the Director of the Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America (CSREA) and the Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives at Brown University, will present “How Structural Racism Works.” This presentation shares ideas from Professor Rose’s on-going research project, which aims to make accessible to the public what structural racism is and how it works in society. The project examines the connections between policies and practices in housing, education and other key spheres of society to reveal the intersectional and compounding effects of systemic discrimination as a significant force in American society today.

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Interactive Workshop: The Master’s House


Eventbrite - BLACK LIVES IN RI: THE LEGACY OF SLAVERY AND STRUCTURAL RACISM IN RI

(150 FREE tickets available)


Music, Food & Drinks

October 14, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The District, 54 South St, Providence


More Information about the Presenters and Host:

Jordan Seaberry is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the Institute for the Study and Practice for Nonviolence .

Elon Cook is a museum activist, race woman and Program Director and Curator for The Center for Reconciliation.

Dr. Tricia Rose is a Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, the Director of the Center for the Study of Race + Ethnicity in America (CSREA) and the Associate Dean of the Faculty for Special Initiatives at Brown University. Born and raised in Harlem and the Bronx in New York City, Rose graduated from Yale University where she received a BA in Sociology (1984) and then received her Ph.D. from Brown University in American Studies (1993). Rose is an internationally respected scholar of post civil rights era black U.S. culture, popular music, social issues, gender and sexuality.

Dr. Walter Anthony, Jr. will host Black Lives in RI: The Legacy of Slavery and Structural Racism. Born 1943 in Tampa, Florida with the distinction “negro” on his birth certificate, Dr. Anthony is retired from many culturally diverse experiences in life: Altar boy, NY State Correction officer. US Marine [stationed in Jim Crow South], Deputy Sheriff, College Academic Dean, College Professor, Director of Sports for Children and Senior Master Track and Field Olympian. However, he credits his travels in India studying with a spiritual master the practice of daily meditation as the biggest inspiration in his life, and something he aims to share with others. In addition to being a Resist Hate RI steering committee member, Dr. Anthony currently volunteers weekly facilitating meditation sessions for inmates at Rhode Island prisons.


Download the event flier, created by Benjamin Branchaud.