An Inquiry Project
This was where the Goon Family Laundry, home of Toy Len Goon - the 1952 American Mother of the Year - was located. Knowing the story of Toy Len Goon is key to understanding the Asian model minority myth.
This was where the Freeman Barber Shop was located. Almeda Isabel Freeman daughter of William H. Freeman, born in 1902 was born in Yarmouth and listed as Black. In 1910, the US census listed the family as white. Understanding that racial identities changed as laws changed is a key part of understanding how structural and systemic racism functioned and functions in the United States.
Lawmakers in at least 28 states are attempting to pass legislation that would require teachers to lie to students about the role of racism, sexism, heterosexism, and oppression throughout U.S. history.
In response, educators across the United States are
We the undersigned educators will not be bullied. We will continue our commitment to develop critical thinking that supports students to better understand problems in our society, and to develop collective solutions to those problems. We are for truth-telling and uplifting the power of organizing and solidarity that move us toward a more just society.
The Days of Action are endorsed by March On for Voting Rights, Race Forward, NYU Metro Center, National Equity Project, Center for Black Educator Development, Modjeska Simkins School for Human Rights, National Parents Union, Citizens for Public Schools, California Teachers Association, BARWE, brightbeam, and more. [Organizations are invited to join the list of endorsers.]
This is a national call. While bills and budget resolutions are being proposed (and in some cases passed) in specific states, the threat to teaching — and the need for solidarity — is everywhere.
A group to support antiracism work happening in our schools. This work benefits all of our students, and when engaged in respectfully, lifts all of our students. This is work centered in care and in love.
In Maine, the first official Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States begins a historic investigation. Dawnland goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.
Malaga Island was once home to a mixed-race fishing community forcibly removed by the state in 1912.
John Brown Russwurm (1799-1851), Bowdoin College's first African American graduate, was the third African -American graduated from an American college.
Historian Bob Greene recently recorded an informative and thought-provoking lecture for the History Center about Maine’s Black history, with a particular focus on Yarmouth. (November 2020)
The evidence is scattered here and there. Family remembrances, birth and death records; deeds and bills of sale; photographs, and various other records. African-Americans have been in Maine, albeit in relatively small numbers for quite a long time.
The Anti-Slavery Society of North Yarmouth was founded in 1834. 310 members—including 61 women—signed on, and three delegates from North Yarmouth attended an Anti Slavery Society convention in 1835 in Portland: a strong showing.
...the city’s history of Chinese immigration and culture...goes back further, and is far richer, than most people realize.
...a woman who broke out of a number of traditional roles, while also remaining filial to relatives back in China.
...systemic racism can explain racial disparities in police killings, COVID-19, and the devaluing of homes in Black neighborhoods. - Brookings
This less than 10 minute clip provides an overview of Critical Race Theory.
This plaque centers the death of a colonial settler, while failing to honor the violence inflicted upon the Wabanaki Peoples whose lands were stolen after being under their stewardship for over 12,000 years. How might the plaque read if it centered the Wabanaki experience? Who tells a story matters.