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Slide 0: White Fragility
White Fragility
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In this "vital, necessary, and beautiful book" (foreword written by Michael Eric Dyson), anti-racist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people'" (Claudia Rankine).

Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism is an in-depth exploration where DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
 
Slide 1: Stamped from the Beginning
Stamped from the Beginning
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Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America is from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Anti-Racist, the National Book Award-winning masterwork revealing how racist ideas were created, spread, and became deeply rooted in American society.

Some Americans insist that we're living in a post-racial society. But racist thought is not just alive and well in America—it is more sophisticated and more insidious than ever. And as award-winning historian Ibram X. Kendi argues, racist ideas have a long and lingering history, one in which nearly every great American thinker is complicit. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history. He uses the life stories of five major American intellectuals to drive this history: Puritan minister Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois, and legendary activist Angela Davis.

As Kendi shows, racist ideas did not arise from ignorance or hatred. They were created to justify and rationalize deeply entrenched discriminatory policies and the nation's racial inequities. In shedding light on this history, Stamped from the Beginning offers us the tools we need to expose racist thinking. In the process, he gives us reason to hope.
 
Slide 2: NMAAHC Men's Navy Quarter-Zip Jacket
NMAAHC Men's Navy Quarter-Zip Jacket
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This NMAAHC Men's Navy Quarter-Zip Jacket is a Champion® heather jersey long-sleeved jacket featuring the NMAAHC logo. Zippered front and the zipper has plastic coil teeth. The zipper slider and puller are metal which are lead and nickel free. 80% polyester, 20% cotton. Made in Jordan.
 
Slide 3: Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment
Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment
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In Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment, a visit to Washington, DC’s National Portrait Gallery forever alters Parker Curry's young life when she views First Lady Michelle Obama's portrait.

When she came face-to-face with Amy Sherald's transcendent portrait of Obama at the National Portrait Gallery, she didn't just see the First Lady of the United States. She saw a queen—one with dynamic self-assurance, regality, beauty, and truth who captured this young girl's imagination. When a nearby museum-goer snapped a photo of a mesmerized Parker, it became an internet sensation. Inspired by this visit, Parker, and her mother, Jessica Curry, tell the story of a young girl and her family, whose trip to a museum becomes an extraordinary moment, in a moving picture book.

Parker Looks Up follows Parker, along with her baby sister and her mother, and her best friend Gia and Gia's mother, as they walk the halls of a museum, seeing paintings of everyone and everything from George Washington Carver to Frida Kahlo, exotic flowers to graceful ballerinas. Then, Parker walks by Sherald's portrait of Michelle Obama... and almost passes it. But she stops... and looks up! Parker saw the possibility and promise, the hopes and dreams of herself in this powerful painting of Michelle Obama. An everyday moment became an extraordinary one... that continues to resonate its power, inspiration, and indelible impact. Because, as Jessica Curry said, "anything is possible regardless of race, class, or gender."
 
Slide 4: Frederick Douglass Bust
Frederick Douglass Bust
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This exclusive Frederick Douglass Bust will add inspirational charm and dignity to your desk, bookshelf, office, or other place where you may want to pay tribute to this American hero. Bronze tone. Made in the U.S.A.
 
Slide 5: What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker
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A provocative and humorous memoir-in-essays that explores the ever-shifting definitions of what it means to be Black (and male) in America for Damon Young, existing while Black is an extreme sport. The act of possessing black skin while searching for space to breathe in America is enough to induce a ceaseless state of angst where questions such as "How should I react here, as a professional black person?" and "Will this white person's potato salad kill me?" are forever relevant.

What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker: An Memoir in Essays chronicles Young's efforts to survive while battling and making sense of the various neuroses his country has given him. It's a condition that's sometimes stretched to absurd limits, provoking the angst that made him question if he was any good at the "being straight" thing, as if his sexual orientation was something he could practice and get better at, like a crossover dribble move or knitting; creating the farce where, as a teen, he wished for a white person to call him a racial slur just so he could fight him and have a great story about it; and generating the surreality of watching gentrification transform.
 
Slide 6: Barack Obama Bust
Barack Obama Bust
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This exclusive Barack Obama Bust celebrates the 44th President of the United States and will add inspirational charm and dignity to your desk, bookshelf, or office. Bronze tone. Made in the U.S.A.
 
Slide 7: NMAAHC Men's Navy Shorts
NMAAHC Men's Navy Shorts
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These NMAAHC Men's Navy Shorts are from Champion® and feature open hole Tricot lining with the NMAAHC logo. Waistband is elastic, exposed quick cord with branding inside waist. It has Tricot mesh side pockets. 100% polyester. Made in El Salvador.
 
Slide 8: Maya Angelou Bust
Maya Angelou Bust
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This exclusive and inspirational Maya Angelou Bust celebrates the beloved poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. A thoughtful gift for a strong woman, or a delightful addition to your own desk, office, or bookshelf. Natural white bonded marble. Made in the U.S.A.
 
Slide 9: You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World
You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World
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From the author of the New York Times bestselling The Gutsy Girl comes an inspiring, instructional and fun guide for kid activists.

Passionate about politics? Dedicated to saving the environment? Outspoken about animal rights? No matter the cause, kids can make a difference! You Are Mighty: A Guide to Changing the World features change-maker tips as well as anecdotes of young activists around the globe and throughout history. The suggested activist tactics covered range from tweaking everyday habits—like the sisters who call themselves the Plastic Patrol and convinced their family to stop using grocery bags and straws—to stretching to achieve something extraordinary—like the teen who used food waste to invent a water purification system.

Told in Caroline Paul's trademark breezy voice and including Lauren Tamaki's delightful spot illustrations and tons of DIY activities, this is the ultimate practical—and fun!—manual for kids looking to change the world.
 
Slide 10: We Are Not Yet Equal
We Are Not Yet Equal
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A compelling and timely young adult adaptation of the book that took the world by storm, New York Times bestseller White Rage. Carol Anderson's White Rage asserted that as America achieves progress toward black equality, the systemic response is a racist backlash that rolls back wins.

This adaptation for teens, We Are Not Yet Equal: Understanding Our Racial Divide examines five of these moments: Reconstruction led to Jim Crow laws; Brown v. Board of Education led to the closing of Southern public schools; the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act led to the disenfranchisement of millions and a War on Drugs that disproportionally targeted blacks; and the election of President Obama led to violence including the death of black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri as well as the election of Donald Trump.

This adaptation is written in a narrative style with additional historical context, and features archival images, a discussion guide, and resources for further reading.
 
Slide 11: Kid Activists
Kid Activists
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Every activist started out as a kid—and in some cases they were kids when their activism began! But even the world's greatest champions of civil liberties had relatable interests and problems—often in the middle of extraordinary circumstances.

Martin Luther King, Jr. loved fashion, and argued with his dad about whether or not dancing was a sin. Harvey Milk had a passion for listening to opera music in different languages. Dolores Huerta was once wrongly accused of plagiarizing in school. Kid Activists: True Tales of Childhood from Champions of Change tells these childhood stories and more through kid-friendly texts and full-color cartoon illustrations on nearly every page.

The diverse and inclusive group encompasses Susan B. Anthony, James Baldwin, Ruby Bridges, Frederick Douglass, Alexander Hamilton, Dolores Huerta, Helen Keller, Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Iqbal Masih, Harvey Milk, Janet Mock, Rosa Parks, Autumn Peltier, Emma Watson, and Malala Yousafzai.