Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Dear Wheelock Family Theatre Community,
We mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery; condemn the systemic racism, history of oppression, and violence that led to their tragic deaths; and stand in solidarity with our community. We are heartbroken alongside you. United, we raise our voices: Black Lives Matter.
To our young audiences, you deserve a better world. At Wheelock Family Theatre, we are committed to listening to and learning from you, to joining forces and forging a brighter future, a future in which:
– Youth feel inherently safe, inside and outside their homes, at any hour—day or night.
– Youth trust that, when they reach out to an adult for help, they will receive help.
– Youth feel free to express themselves and speak out against injustices.
– Youth see themselves represented at all levels of participation and leadership on the world’s stages.
– Youth dream big and are confident in their own abilities, as well as their support systems, to help them achieve their dreams.
– Youth grow up to be the next generation of heroes.
– Emily Ranii, Keith Orr, Jeri Hammond, Nick Vargas, Jamie Aznive & Jenna Corcoran
Statement from June 2nd, 2020
LEARN: Family Resources
- Anti-Racism Resources for White People
- The Children’s Theatre of Cincinatti: Resources for Diversity and Inclusion
- The Dad: George Floyd Was a Dad
- National Museum of African American History & Culture: Talking About Race
LISTEN: Podcasts and Listening Tools
- The Kojo Nnamdi Show: Kojo For Kids: Jason Reynolds Talks About Racism And The Protests
- NPR: Code Switch – Fearless conversations about race
- The New York Times: Still Processing – Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham are working it out
- The New York Times: 1619 – How slavery has transformed America, connecting past and present
ENGAGE: Books for Children
- Colours of Us: 37 Children’s Books to help talk about Racism & Discrimination
- Embrace Race: Looking for Excellent “Diverse” Books for Children? Start Here!
- Raising Luminaries, Books for Littles: Anti-Racism For Kids 101: Starting To Talk About Race
SUPPORT: Theatrical Resources
Boston Arts Organizations
Boston Anti-Racism Organizations
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Massachusetts – Civil rights and human relations agency
- Black Lives Matter Boston
- Black Boston
- Coalition for Social Justice
- Communities for Restorative Justice
- Advocates: Jusitce and Social Action Resources
- Lawyers for Civil Rights
- The Massachusetts Bail Fund
- National Council For Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls
National Arts Organizations