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February is Black History Month.

This month-long observance is a chance to celebrate Black achievement and provide a fresh reminder to take stock of where systemic racism persists and give visibility to the people and organizations creating change.


Ralina Joseph 450x275Interrupting Privilege in the Everyday 

Tuesday, February 7, 2023 | 12pm-1pm (PT) 

With Dr. Ralina Joseph | Register Now

Inequality surrounds us. It can feel overwhelming to consider how to combat such inequality in an everyday fight for justice. But there are steps that we can take to combat inequality in our lives. This presentation will provide some of the steps you can take to interrupt privilege in your everyday life.

Dr. Ralina L. Joseph is Presidential Term Professor of Communication, Founding Director of the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity, and Associate Dean of Equity & Justice in the Graduate School at the University of Washington. Ralina is the author of three books on race and communication. She is currently writing Interrupting Privilege: Talking Race and Fighting Racism, a book of essays based on her public scholarship.

Offered in partnership with the Northwest African American Museum. 

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Rais B 450x275One Second of Hate: A Story of Forgiveness

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 | 12pm-1pm (PT)

With Rais Bhuiyan | Register Now

Ten days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, Rais Bhuiyan was gunned down by a white supremacist on a revenge shooting spree. Though shot in the face, Rais was fortunate to survive. Two other victims did not.

Rais ultimately forgave his attacker and eventually led an international campaign trying to save him from death row. Through this journey, his attacker learned about Rais and what he was trying to do for him. From behind bars, he renounced his hateful views and expressed deep regret for his violent actions. His final words before execution were, "One second of hate causes a lifetime of pain.”

Our stories have the power to connect, inspire, heal, and even save lives. As divisiveness continues to permeate our communities, Rais shares his story of resilience and reconciliation. Stories can help us replace ignorance with understanding, fear with acceptance, and hate with empathy – all pathways toward a more equitable, just, and peaceful society.

Rais Bhuiyan, a 9/11 hate crime survivor is the Founder of World Without Hate, a nonprofit utilizing the power of personal narrative and empathy to prevent and disrupt hate-fueled violence. Over the last dozen years, Rais has spoken to and worked with youth and adults around the globe, from college campuses and classrooms to maximum security prisons and refugee camps.

Rais worked with the Obama Administration’s Domestic Policy Council, currently represents the U.S. Department of State, as part of their speakers’ bureau, and was invited by President Biden to share his experiences at the White House’s first United We Stand Summit this past September.  His story is chronicled in the book, True American: Murder & Mercy in Texas and in documentaries such as Discovery Channel’s American Nightmare and Smartypants Productions’ The Secret Life of Muslims. Originally from Bangladesh, Rais lives in Seattle and is a member of the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. 

Sponsored by Humanities Washington. 

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In Honor of Women's History Month

Recovering Women's History: Unsung Heroines of the Holocaust

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 | 12pm-1pm (PT)

With Sarah Silberstein Swartz | Register Now

Join us for a conversation with author Sarah Silberstein Swartz to discuss her recent book, Heroines, Rescuers, Rabbis, Spies: Unsung Women of the Holocaust which profiles nine ordinary women who took extraordinary measures to save lives during the Holocaust.

Sarah Silberstein Swartz, daughter of Jewish-Polish Holocaust survivors, was born in post-war Berlin, Germany. She is a writer and award-winning editor specializing in women's studies and Holocaust literature, and Research Associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University. She lives in Boston with her wife and cat, near her three grandsons.



Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed in these programs are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of the Holocaust Center for Humanity and its employees.    

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