Important Anniversaries In Our Nation's History In August [Monday Memo]

Last week we saw two very important anniversaries in our nation’s history that have impacted our lives today. Voting Rights August 26th marked the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative However, despite this initiative aimed to make voting accessible to everyone, loopholes and laws that are now deemed to be discriminatory prevented fair voting accessibility to black women and other non-whites. ‘It’s a Struggle The Will Wage Alone’ How Black Women Won the Right to Vote | Time Magazine Yes, Women Could Vote After the 19th Amendment--But Not All Women. Or Men. | NPR Further

A Brief History of Medical Racism and Resources for Today [Monday Memo]

In order to fully understand racism it’s important to look at how racism and white supremacy affect every facet of our society. Medicine is no different; in this week's Monday Memo we will discuss today’s medical biases rooted in racism and anti-blackness, a brief history of medical racism, and resources for black people in the United States to seek the mental and physical health care that they deserve. Racism In Our Current Medical Climate Both Covid-19 and the protests of 2020 have spotlighted systemic medical racism in many ways on a local and national scale. Covid Updates: Black and Brown New Haveners Hit Hardest | New Haven Independent Coronavirus in African Americans and Other People o

A Pre-Civil War Fight for Black Women’s Education in Connecticut [Monday Memo]

Sarah Harris was the oldest daughter of a prominent, free black family of farmers in Norwich, Connecticut. When she requested to attend what was then an all-white girls boarding school in 1832, it catapulted a movement that would advance the fight for access to education for black women in Connecticut. From Today in CT History: “In 1831, Prudence Crandall, with the support and approval of the local citizenry, opened the Canterbury Female Boarding School to educate daughters of wealthy Eastern Connecticut families. After a successful inaugural year, Crandall received a request from 20-year-old Sarah Harris, the daughter of a prosperous free African-American farmer and his wife, to attend the

COVID-19: Engaging Connecticut’s At-Risk and Disconnected K-12 Students During Distance Learning [Wh

What’s at Stake: Opportunities, Challenges and Consequences The Village for Families and Children, Inc. and Clifford Beers have come together to create this white paper shedding light on the complexities, inequality and hurdles surrounding distance learning. How state and local governments approach these issues is vital for students' success and measures to promote engagement as well as suggested solutions are explored. Read the full paper here.

Who Was William Lanson? [Monday Memo]

This week’s Monday Memo is about William Lanson, a man who escaped enslavement turned self-taught engineer, land developer, business owner and entrepreneur in 1820’s New Haven. He designed and built Long Wharf, sections of the Farmington Canal, and played an essential role in New Haven’s ability to import and export on the harbor. While the historic Wooster Square neighborhood in New Haven is traditionally known for its Italian heritage, a 2014 article from the New Haven Independent details how this part of town was originally built for Lanson’s workers, a predominantly black population with not quite as much segregation as we see in this part of town today: “The work crews who built those

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