DE&I Task Force: PART II – A Primer on Race and Blackness in America
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Presenter: Carmen B. Harris, Ph.D.
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BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: Part II of A Primer on Race and Blackness in America by Carmen V. Harris, a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Feedback on Part I from many of the non-Black attendees was how little they knew about Black history, and how truth has been obliterated from the history books from which we’ve been schooled. Likewise, the preliminary Jim Crow Museum Tour was an important reality check for many on the need to become better informed to understand the context for what’s happening today. While Black attendees were more familiar with this history, “coming away learning several new things” made it a valuable session for them as well.
In Part I, held on Monday, June 29 and viewable here, Dr. Harris gave us an overview of Africans in the US pre-1619, the complexity of the globalized Atlantic Slave Trade and the creation of unity around whiteness, and how slavery was embedded in the American Revolution, the Constitution and African American’s role in the Civil War. Emancipation and the Abolition movement were covered along with the race dynamic across the North & South, the Black vote, Reconstruction and its end.
In Part II Dr. Harris will cover the post-Reconstruction era into the Civil Rights Movement, bringing us current with into Black Lives Matter. She will highlight how the construction of race in the US has shaped our understanding of both blackness and non-blackness and their continuous deployments across the chronology of these movements. Her presentation will include a discussion on how the archetypes of these identities have shaped white supremacy, white privilege, and the marginalized experience of African Americans. Her professional expertise also allows Dr. Harris to consider issues and questions of transnational race issues in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe.
This session is open to both QRCA members and non-members.
Dr. Harris has shared the following resources for those who’d like to learn more about African Americans and racism:
- University of South Carolina Library Guide: African American Studies: Black Lives Matter. Here you will find a list of resources such as videos related to the movement, books and associations.
- The 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: Created by two of her colleagues, this site and its companion were created to help people create more effective social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of power, privilege, supremacy and leadership, by leaning on classic new habit building principles.
This is part of an ongoing dialogue with QRCA members, the larger market research industry and impacted communities on issues of racism, diversity and equity.
About the Presenter
Carmen B. Harris, Ph.D.
Professor of History at The University of South Carolina
Carmen V. Harris, Ph.D. is a Professor of History at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She teaches courses in African American, United States, Southern, South Carolina, and Latin American History. Dr. Harris’s major research and publication specialty examines black agricultural extension workers in South Carolina from the era of segregation through the civil rights era. She won the Vernon Carstenen Award from the Agricultural History Society for her article “The Extension Service is not an integration agency’: The Idea of Race in the Cooperative Extension Service” which has been cited by numerous authors. Dr. Harris has been a humanities scholar and speaker on many issues related to the Black experience—from Denmark Vesey to, most recently, on the Tulsa riot.
About the QRCA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force:
The QRCA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Task Force was announced in January 2020 at the QRCA Annual Conference. The objectives of this Task Force are two-fold: one; to conduct a thorough review and identify any barriers to inclusion and diversity within QRCA, the association’s and members’ operational areas, as well as the broader research industry, two; to develop a roadmap detailing QRCA’s commitment to DE&I and a strategic plan to meet those goals. Visit qrca.org/Diversity or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.