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Dismantling Racism Team (DRT)

Vision: We envision a Beloved Community liberated from individual and systemic racism and white supremacy.

Mission: The Dismantling Racism Team educates, advocates, and acts to transform and dismantle racism within ourselves, our congregation, and community.

For Black History Month 2021, we offer the following biographies of Great African Americans.


DRT meets on the second Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. on Zoom. All are welcome to participate in these planning sessions.

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UU Links

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism
Black Lives of UU provides information, resources and support for Black Unitarian Universalists and works to expand the role & visibility of Black UUs within our faith.

Allies For Racial Equality (ARE)
ARE's mission is Building an antiracist movement of white Unitarian Universalists working to: understand whiteness and privilege; unlearn and challenge white supremacy; and confront racism in ways that are accountable to communities of color.

Local Organizations

African American Resources—Cultural and Heritage Society (AARCH)
AARCH's mission is To identify, collect, preserve, exhibit, and disseminate the history and culture of African Americans in Frederick County, to provide an understanding of how the past shapes and enriches the present and future of all citizens.

NAACP, Frederick County
Frederick County's voice for Economic Opportunity, Civic Engagement, Education for All

Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ), Frederick
SURJ Frederick is a local chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a national network of groups and individuals organizing white people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. SURJ envisions a society where we struggle together with love, for justice, human dignity and a sustainable world.

RISE (Resources for Immigrant Support and Empowerment) Coalition of Western Maryland
The mission of the R.I.S.E. Coalition of Western Maryland is to serve, elevate and empower the immigrant community in Western Maryland. The Coalition will accomplish this by helping to further unite current efforts on the ground amongst diverse immigrant communities and their allied neighbors.

I Believe In Me
IBM's mission is To inspire and challenge youth through physical and mental activities that foster self-respect and respect for the world around them.

Asian American Center of Frederick
The Asian American Center of Frederick provides vital services to assist lower income, minority, or immigrant groups reach their full potential through access to health insurance enrollment, interpreter/translation services, ESL and Citizenship classes, mentoring, housing, education, employment and business development services.

National Organizations

Coming To The Table
Our vision for the United States is of a just and truthful society that acknowledges and seeks to heal from the racial wounds of the past—from slavery and the many forms of racism it spawned. Coming to the Table provides leadership, resources, and a supportive environment for all who wish to acknowledge and heal wounds from racism that is rooted in the United States’ history of slavery.

Research, Policy, and Advocacy Centers

Anti-Racist Research and Policy Center at American University
The mission of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University is to produce rigorous and accessible research that can support the innovation and enactment of antiracist public policies at the local, state, and national level.
The Center's founder and director, Ibram X. Kendi is the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction, and the upcoming How To Be An Anti-Racist.

Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Previous Events

An Evening With Authors and Activists D. Watkins (We Speak for Ourselves: A Word from Forgotten Black America), and Chris Wilson (The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose)
Thurs., June 20, 2019, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Curious Iguana, Curious Ignuana, 12 N. Market St., Frederick
Click here for more information.

Viewing of Whose Streets?, a documentary about the Ferguson, Missouri protests
Sun., June 23, 2019, 7:00-9:30 p.m.
River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Road Bethesda MD
Cost: Free. $5 donation appreciated
For more information, go to Whose Streets?.

True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
Documentary about the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) and Stevenson's struggle to create greater fairness in the criminal justice system, shows how racial injustice emerged, evolved, and continues to threaten the country.
For more information, go to True Justice.

UUCF Service with Sermon by David Key
Sunday, July 14,2019, 10:30 a.m.
David Key is president of African American Resources--Culture and Heritage Society (AARCH), Frederick, MD.

The Well: A Family-Friendly Retreat Tending the Wounds of Racism
July 24-27, 2019
Ferry Beach Retreat & Conference Center, Saco, Maine
Go to The Well for more information.

Join The Living Legacy Pilgrimage, Oct. 19-26, 2019
Take a journey through Alabama and Mississippi to discover the history, courage, and commitment of the struggle for civil rights in this country.
For more information about the trip and how to be a part of this profound exploration, go to Living Legacy.

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