AZC Waking Up – Winter/Spring 2021 Module 4

AZC’s WAKING UP to Racism and Undoing White Supremacy Study Group Presents:

Winter/Spring  2021 Study Module 4  begins March 14, 2021

All are invited to join this continuing group in a peer-led study of personal & structural racism and bias through the lens of Dharma through discrete 2-month modules, meeting on alternate Sundays from 1-3pm. In the 4th Winter/Spring 2021 module we will be studying the 2017 book My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized  Trauma and the Pathway to Mending our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.  ALL are WELCOME! 

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Resmaa Menachem – author of “My Grandmother’s Hands”

AZC invites you to join the 4th Module from our WAKING UP – Uprooting Racism & White Supremacy group.  All are invited to join this continuing group in a peer-led study of the personal & structural racism and bias through the lens of Dharma.  This group has grown out of the WAIC Up! (White Awareness Insight Curriculum for Uprooting Privilege) curriculum that began meeting together this spring.  Our intention and hope is to continue this important work and self-study, and to widen the circle to include more of our community who wish to participate.  We have found it highly supportive to go through this process with one another, and to cultivate trusting relationships in which to share and explore these critical issues with. 

This group will maintain the meditative container and clear guidelines used during our WAIC-UP conversations, but with updated readings and some longer works for us to take a deeper dive together.  This new curriculum will be composed of a series of 2-month self-contained study modules focused on particular themes concerning the experience of racism in this country.  While long-term commitment to the group is not required, we ask that participants sign up for and commit to each 2-month module that interests you.  

The fourth 2-month study module will focus on the book, My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menachem, Healer, New York Times Best-Selling Author, and Trauma Specialist.

This Winter/Spring  2021 Module  will meet on alternate Sundays from 1-3pm: March 14, March 28, April 11 and April 25.   

 My Grandmother’s Hands is available in print, Kindle, Nook  and audiobook formats:

Here’s what the racial justice leader and author, Robin DiAngelo says about the book:

     My Grandmother’s Hands is a revolutionary work of beauty, brilliance, compassion and ultimately, hope. With eloquence and grace, Resmaa Menakem masterfully lays out the missing piece in the puzzle of why, despite so many good intentions, we have not achieved racial justice. Yes, we need to understand white supremacy, but as Menakem so skillfully explains, white supremacy is not rational and we won’t end it with our intellect alone. White supremacy is internalized deep into our bodies. We must begin to understand it as white body supremacy and go to the depth of where it is stored, within our collective bones and muscles. To this end, My Grandmother’s Hands is an intimate guidebook toward racial healing, one that achieves that rare combination for its readers; it is deeply intellectually stimulating while also providing practical ways to engage in the process of repair, even as we read. I believe this book will change the direction of the movement for racial justice.”

Meetings will follow the WAIC-UP! format of following a script of mindful discussion in breakout groups of 3-5 people. In order to participate in the discussion, attendees will complete the reading assignment prior to each meeting.  The reading assignment for the first meeting of the module (March 14) is the first three chapters of My Grandmother’s Hands.

 About the formation of AZC’s WAKING UP Group: This group was designed by 10 sangha members who participated together in WAIC-UP! (White Awareness Insight Curriculum for Uprooting Privilege) – a peer-led study curriculum developed at Spirit Rock.  We wish to enlarge our group and to continue the momentum created by our WAIC-UP! experience by investigating a variety of important works.   We intend to offer these various study and discussion sessions in 2-month ‘modules’.  Each module requires sign-up.  We hope you will sign up for the literature that interests you. All are welcome!