About Take A Stand! Sit In!

LCC faculty were inspired by the national call to action by Dr. Anthea Butler for a Scholar Strike.  This social justice movement was “inspired by the NBA, WNBA, Colin Kaepernick and other athletes, to underscore the urgent importance of addressing racism and injustice in the United States.”

LCC faculty envisioned a call to action by creating the Take a Stand! Sit In! teaching event. LCC faculty will be taking a stand against the injustices of racism in America by exploring a variety of topics and mediums addressing racism.



We would like to take a moment at the beginning of this discussion to acknowledge that there is a certain amount of hypocrisy in attempting to discuss what justice and equity can look like in our institutions and society, while occupying stolen lands.

Therefore, in order to be accountable for this hypocrisy,  it feels important to acknowledge that any movement towards justice is not an “either/or” proposition of the singular, most important issue that must be addressed, but a “yes/and” proposition of collectively working together to address all sources of injustice at once, even as we respect the individual needs and limits of ourselves and each other in working to build the most compassionate, just and equitable world that we can, together.

It is towards that potential world that we seek to build, that I ask all of us to collectively acknowledge that Lansing Community College occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Anishinaabeg – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa and Potawatomi peoples. In particularly, the city of Lansing resides on land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw.

We recognize, support, and advocate for the sovereignty of Michigan’s twelve federally-recognized Indian nations, for historic Indigenous communities in Michigan, for Indigenous individuals and communities who live here now, and for all those who have been forcibly removed from their Homelands.  By offering this Land Acknowledgment, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold ourselves and the institutions we are a part of more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous peoples.


10 to 12 – Mon Nov 23

Creating Community through Art: Storytelling

Facilitator:  Zakiya Minifee

Subject material from The Moth Radio Hour:

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12 to 2 – Mon Nov 23

The Harlem Renaissance, its culture, and poetry selections of Langston Hughes

Facilitator:  David Guard

About the Harlem Renaissance art and culture:

How African American Art and Culture Blossomed During the Harlem Renaissance

A list of Langston Hughes Poetry at Poetry.org:   https://poets.org/poems/langston-hughes/

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2 to 4 – Mon Nov 23

This is a Demand for Black Linguistic Justice!

Facilitator: Benjamin Garrett

A discussion about challenging white supremacy in our assumptions about professional and academic language.
See https://cccc.ncte.org/cccc/demand-for-black-linguistic-justice

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4 to 6 – Mon Nov 23

False Equivalency and Race: Some Problems and Artistic and Cultural Appropriation

Facilitator:  Jeremy Hockett

To open a PDF version of the presentation in a new window/tab: False Equivalency and Race

To download Powerpoint file:  False Equivalency and Race

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6 to 8 – Mon Nov 23

Rat Film Discussion Group

Facilitator:  Brad Hicks

poster promoting the film Rat Film, largely decorative
In the Rat Film, a systemic problem with pest control in Baltimore reveals much about the systemic problems of the human residents.

Please watch the film first.  Then, join our discussion group on Monday, November 23 at 6pm.

The film is available for free through the LCC Library Kanopy video service at https://lcc.kanopy.com/video/rat-film.

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Across walls, fences, and alleys, rats not only expose our boundaries of separation but make homes in them. Rat Film is a feature-length documentary that uses the rat—as well as the humans that love them, live with them, and kill them–to explore the history of Baltimore. “There’s never been a rat problem in Baltimore, it’s always been a people problem”.

“One of the most compelling, food-for-thought nonfiction movies of the past few” David  Fear, Rolling Stone 

“One of the most imaginative and provocative documentaries on any topic I’ve seen this year.”  Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune 

 Click here for the originating website or at memory.is/rat-film 

To listen to the recorded WebEx Session:

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10 to 12 – Tues Nov 24

Hands Up, Don’t Shoot – #BlackLivesMatter in Historical Context

Facilitator:  Jesse Draper

For a list of relevant resources, see this course syllabus:

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Download the PDF version here; HST 110-005 Syllabus_Draper_SS17

To listen to recorded WebEx Session:

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12 to 1 – Tues Nov 24

Racial Disparities – childhood through young adulthood

Facilitator:  Marita Deleon

This discussion was held in conjunction with a class.



2 to 4 – Tues Nov 24

Exploring the life of Shirley Chisholm and her quest for the presidency in 1972

Facilitator:  David Guard


Link to recorded WebEx session:

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