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Aiming for Justice: Race Reparations and Right Paths

Feb, 2023

An online reparations program designed by K. Melchor Quick Hall, S. Rae Peoples, and Dr. Amanda Kemp, and facilitated by and for white inheritors of wealth.
Online, February 2023 (scheduling options below) .

Pricing:
Subsidized Fee: $175
Basic Fee: $200
Fee Plus: $225

If you are seeking financial assistance to participate in this program, please click on the link for our Financial Assistance Application form, below.

NB: Aiming for Justice will NOT be moving forward in February 2023. More updates soon.


The Aiming for Justice workshop is a popular education learning experience, inviting White people to understand the various forms of wealth they’ve inherited, and how to practice race-based reparations. This workshop is predicated on participants’ collective pledge of $40,000 in material contributions to the lives of Black people. Individual pledges range from tens of dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, and companies and Meetings are invited to pledge on behalf of participants.

This course is for white people interested in exploring and engaging a grassroots moral movement toward race-based reparations. As part of the registration process, participants will make individual pledges of reparations, and the program will only move forward if the collective pledge amount exceeds $40,000. During the month of the program, participants learn from and with each other, guided by white cohort leaders who were previous participants. Together, the group navigates a carefully curated curriculum designed by three Black women who have long advocated for racial justice.

Participants meet twice weekly for 90-minute synchronous sessions with cohort groups, and share a contemplative synchronous space with curriculum creators on Saturdays. In between sessions, participants stay connected through an online platform, through which they can submit assignments, ask questions, and cultivate community. At the end of the second week, participants transfer their pledges, totaling at least $40K, and learn this year’s recipients.

This reparations workshop was designed as a popular education experience that would not pay homage to the knowledge of any single expert. Past participants will take lead by facilitating all synchronous workshop sessions. Videos, readings, and workshop design will be managed by Dr. Amanda Kemp and S. Rae Peoples, along with K. Melchor Quick Hall, who has designed and modified the workshop for the past four iterations. Melchor sees the current design as part of the evolution of the workshop that requires white registrants trust that a collective of Black feminist racial justice workers will make a wise decision about the investment of pledged money.

To read an interview with Melchor, click here.

To read a history of this workshop, click here.

"Aiming for Justice: Race Reparations and Right Paths"

This program will be online will follow this schedule – all sessions are Eastern Time (US & Canada). Participants will choose at time of registration whether they intend to join the Monday/Wednesday Cohort or the Tuesday/Thursday Cohort. Each Cohort will review the same information, the purpose of the two cohorts is to accommodate different schedules and create a more intimate group experience.

Synchronous sessions, 2 different cohorts:

M/W noon-1:30pm ET, starting Wednesday, February 1.
T/Th 7:00pm-8:30pm ET, starting Thursday, February 2.

Saturday optional quiet reflections with workshop developers, noon-1pm ET.
Asynchronous Trello assignments weekly.

Leader(s)

Dr. Amanda KempDr. Amanda Kemp puts racial justice and mindfulness in the same lane. The founder of Racial Justice from the Heart, she provides private mentoring to leaders who want to create change in their organizations, schools, and faith communities while practicing compassion and self-care. She blends activism and spirituality, theatre arts, and history. A survivor of the New York City foster care system, Dr. Kemp has been a lifelong poet-performer and advocate of racial justice and equality since her first anti-apartheid march in 1983. A sought-after speaker and equity consultant, you can find out more about Dr. Amanda at www.dramandakemp.com.

S. Rae PeoplesS. Rae Peoples (she, her) serves as an Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion Education at Tufts University. She has over 25 years of experience serving in leadership roles that revolve around justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts, education, political, and nonprofit sectors. She is the founder and principal consultant of Red Lotus Consulting (https://www.red-lotus-consulting.com/), an inclusion, equity, and justice service boutique and sits on the board of directors of North Atlantic Books. Currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Creative Leadership for Innovation & Change at the University of the Virgin Islands, she is researching the creative leadership styles of Black women in post-secondary education.

K. Melchor Quick HallK. Melchor Quick Hall is the author of Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework: Writing in Darkness and the co-editor, with Gwyn Kirk, of Mapping Gendered Ecologies: Engaging with and beyond Ecowomanism and Ecofeminism. She is the executive director of African American Education & Research Organization (AAERO) at Melchor-Quick Meeting House (MQMH), founded by her mother. Through Pendle Hill, she co-facilitates an annual writing workshop for people of color with Joanne Daley and Danie “Ocean” Jackson.

Lina BlountLina Blount (she/her) is a Campaign Organizer with the Earth Quaker Action Team, where she has organized nonviolent direct action campaigns for over a decade. Lina was previously the Education Coordinator at Pendle Hill 2016-2022 and has supported the facilitation of the Aiming for Justice program in various capacities since 2017. Lina will facilitate the Tuesday/Thursday sessions.

Melanie Gifford (photo forthcoming)Melanie Gifford (she/her) employs Quaker discernment when facilitating groups exploring racial justice at her Friends meeting and her workplace. She sees the need for reparations as an individual, as well as institutional, responsibility and believes that all white inheritors, not only those with substantial assets, have a role in this work. She was a participant in the 2021 workshop led by Melchor Quick Hall; a facilitator for the 2022 workshop that Melchor Hall designed; and this year, she is honored to support the vision of Dr. Amanda Kemp and S. Rae Peoples as well as Melchor Hall. Melanie will facilitate the Monday/Wednesday sessions.

Other facilitators to be confirmed.


Financial aid may be available. If you are seeking funds to participate in this program, click to review and complete our Financial Assistance Application and a Pendle Hill staff member will follow-up with you shortly (please do NOT register online). Thank you for your interest.


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