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The New England Swimming Community stands firmly in solidarity with Asian American and Pacific Islanders.
We fully condemn the recent violent acts and deplore all forms of racism. As an organization, we commit to supporting the AAPI members of our community,and those across the country, by actively engaging in critical work,education, and conversations, and reporting any acts of AAPI hate that we may witness.
 

Black History Month!

NES Office

Today is the first day of February and also the start of Black History Month. During the month of February, we celebrate the achievements of Black Americans who have contributed to our country throughout history.  We have included some resources for you below and will be sharing resources and education throughout the month on our Instagram page (https://Instagram.com/neswim_dei ). However, we acknowledge and emphasize that Black history is American history and that it is important to not limit the discussion of Black history and culture to only the month of February. Celebrate Black history each and every day.  

Take a few minutes to check out some of these resources and learn something new:

-        Excellent list of resources from Center for Racial Justice in Education: https://centerracialjustice.org/resources/black-history-month-resource-guide-for-educators-and-families/

-        Black History Month: Teaching the Complete History from Teaching Tolerance: https://tolerance.org/magazine/black-history-month-teaching-the-complete-history

-        Facing History and Ourselves has accumulated an array of teaching resources and blog posts designed to promote innovative instruction and reflection on these topics and help you strengthen your Black history curriculum for February and beyond. https://www.facinghistory.org/educator-resources/current-events/february-2021-honoring-black-agency-black-joy

There are many events throughout the month, many of them virtual and free. Here are a few that we have found for you:

-        Black History Month events by the city of Boston (most are virtual, so anyone can participate): https://www.boston.gov/news/black-history-month-2021

-        Uplifting the Black Family: NMAAHC Black History Month Social Media Campaign: NMAAHC’s social media platforms will explore The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity, the theme for 2021 selected by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, an organization created in 1915 by Carter G. Woodson—known as the Father of Black History Month. The daily, digital conversation will amplify the museum’s Black History Month programming and will share century-old stories, dynamic photographs and items in its collection and family history resources. The public can view this year’s Black History Month social media campaign by following @NMAAHC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

-        Friday, Feb. 5; 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. ET (program occurs every Friday) - NMAAHC Kids: Joyful Fridays: Joyful Fridays welcomes children every Friday in February to create art that celebrates Black joy, history and culture. Participants can prepare for this program series by building an at-home creativity kit. This program is for children ages 4 through 8. Register here: https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming

-        Tuesday, Feb. 9 (program occurs biweekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday)- Artists at Home: School Outreach: Adapted from the museum’s summer program, “Artists at Home” is a digital interactive program designed to engage students with hands-on artmaking and conversations about African American artists and different visual art genres. Each hour-long session, led by an NMAAHC educator, encourages participants to make art using household materials and discuss the featured artist work. This program is for students from grades six–12. Register here: https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/upcoming

-        Thursday, Feb. 18; 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET - Tales from African Traditions: Listen as storyteller Valerie Tutson brings an assortment of myths, folktales and historical accounts from the African continent and the African Diaspora to life. Register here: https://cambridgepl.libcal.com/event/7377249

-        Sunday, Feb. 28; 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET - It Happened In New Hampshire: Black History in the Granite State: The first enslaved African arrived in New Hampshire in 1645. There’s a long, rich Black history in the Granite State. Colonial New Hampshire newspapers testify to the state’s slave trade, runaways, abolitionists, and anti-abolitionist activities, followed by conflicting opinions about the Civil War. In the 20th century, the legacy of that early history was reflected in news about de facto segregation in housing and public places.

For this panel, you will hear the story of Black Revolutionary War soldier Jude Hall of Exeter and first-hand stories about the Civil Rights Movement in New Hampshire including the Reverse Freedom rides of 1962 to our state. http://blackheritagetrailnh.org/tea-talks/

Consider donating to organization that support the Black Community, such as these:

-        The Conscious Kid is an education, research, and policy organization dedicated to equity and promoting healthy racial identity development in youth. They have multiple donation funds, including a COVID-19 Rent Relief Fund for Families and an Anti-Racist Children’s Books Education Fund. https://www.theconsciouskid.org/

-        The Loveland Foundation offers support for Black women to access mental health support from Black therapists https://www.thelovelandfoundation.org/

-        The Black & Brown Founders Project supports Black & Latinx entrepreneurs. https://blackandbrownfounders.com

-        A Revolutionary Summer is an intensive critical reading and writing program dedicated to shifting harmful narratives about Black women and girls through both the meaningful study and creation of art and the deliberate application of self-inquiry. https://www.arevolutionarysummer.com/home

-        Stable Ground Boston addresses chronic housing insecurity in the city through a residency program that embeds artists, legal designers, and trauma experts into community settings. http://www.stablegroundboston.org/

-        Youth Enrichment Services inspires and challenges youth from low income families with physical and mental activities that foster life-long respect for self, others, and the environment. https://yeskids.org/

 

 

New England Swimming Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee