Together at the Table: Blackness in America - Additional Resources

To honor Black History Month in 2021, we are “Celebrating Family” with a portrait exhibit featuring over 70 diverse Petaluma families, who share what “family” means to them. You can find the Celebrating Family exhibit in over 40 storefronts downtown Petaluma from January 29th to March 14th, 2021.

Petaluma Blacks for Community Development is the Petaluma host for 2021 Black History Month 2021.

To register for the event in Petaluma.

To tour the exhibit, pick up a map and scavenger hunt form at:

  • The Visitors Center
  • 2l0 Lakeville Street (Behind the Smart Train)
  • Copperfield’s Bookstore (140 Kentucky St.)
  • or use your phone or other device to scan this QR code

Black History Month QR code

Participate in the Scavenger Hunt as you stroll downtown and view the exhibit, for a chance to win a Shop Petaluma gift card!

Exhibit created by: Paige Green Photography and Petaluma Blacks for Community Development in honor of Black History Month, and to share Petaluma pride in family.

Program made possible by: funding from many community members and the following organizations: The City of Petaluma, Fishman Supply Co., Petaluma Health Center.

In collaboration with: Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma, Historical Library and Museum, The Design Guild, Outwest Garage, The Digital Grange, Synoptic Inc, Molly Best, those wonderful downtown merchants who provided their storefront windows and the many volunteers who donated their time and talents.

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Ally: someone who makes the commitment and effort to recognize their privilege (based on gender, class, race, sexual identity, etc.) and work in solidarity with oppressed groups in the struggle for justice. Allies understand that it is in their own interest to end all forms of oppression, even those from which they may benefit in concrete ways.***

Activism: a doctrine or practice that emphasizes direct vigorous action especially in support of or opposition to one side of a controversial issue.**

Bias: an inclination of temperament or outlook; especially: a personal and sometimes unreasoned judgment.**

Black Lives Matter: In 2014 the police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri, triggered protests nationally in the days after his death and again months later after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who killed him. In response to Brown’s death, activists launched [this] powerful social movement. (definition by Leonard Moore, Ph.D – Britannica)

Black Panther Party: Founded in Oakland, CA in 1966. The party’s original purpose was to patrol African American neighborhoods to protect residents from acts of police brutality. The movement evolved into a Marxist revolutionary group that called for the arming of all American of Africans, the exemption of African Americans from the Vietnam draft, and from all sanctions of so-called white America, the release of all African Americans from jail, and the payment of compensation to African Americans for centuries of exploitation by white Americans.  (definition by Garrett Albert Duncan – Britannica)  

Bigotry: intolerant prejudice that glorifies one’s own group and denigrates members of other groups.***

Culture Shock: the disorienting experience of realizing that the perspectives, behaviors and experiences of an individual, group or society are not shared by another individual, group or society.*

Confederate Flag: consisting of seven white stars on a blue canton with a field of three alternating stripes, two red and one white. The stars represent the seven seceded states of the United States Deep South in 1961.**

Civil Rights Movement: mass protest movement against racial segregation and discrimination in the southern United States that came to national prominence during the mid-1950s. This movement had its roots in the centuries-long efforts of African slaves and their descendants to resist racial oppression and abolish the institution of slavery.**

Discrimination: the unequal treatment of members of various groups based on race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion and other categories.***

Dixie: the states of the southeastern and south central U.S. and especially those which constituted the Confederate States of America. **

Diversity: the inclusion of different types of people (such as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization.**

Emancipation: freedom from legalized slavery gained by most enslaved persons of African descent immediately following the Civil War. The Emancipation Proclamation made slavery illegal in Confederate states.*

Ethnicity: an idea similar to race that groups people according to common origin or background. The term usually refers to social, cultural, religious, linguistic and other affiliations although, like race, it is sometimes linked to perceived biological markers. Ethnicity is often characterized by cultural features, such as dress, language, religion, and social organization.*

Equity: freedom from bias or favoritism.**

Inclusion: authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares power.***

Institutional Racism: the embeddedness of racially discriminatory practices in the institutions, laws, and agreed upon values and practices of a society.*

Jim Crow Law: any of the laws that enforced racial segregation in the South between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s.**

Justice: the quality of being just, impartial, or fair.**

Mass Incarceration: a term used by historians and sociologists to describe the substantial increase in the number of incarcerated people in the United States’ prison over the past 50 years.**

Oppression: unjust or cruel exercise of authority or power.**

Prejudice: injury or damage resulting from some judgement or action of another in disregard of one’s rights; especially: detriment to one’s legal rights or claims.**

Race: a recent idea created by western Europeans following exploration across the world to account for differences among people and justify colonization, conquest, enslavement, and social hierarchy among humans. The term is used to refer to groupings of people according to common origin or background and associated with perceived biological markers. Among humans there are no races except the human race. In biology, the term has limited use, usually associated with organisms or populations that are able to interbreed. Ideas about race are culturally and socially transmitted and form the basis of racism, racial classification and often complex racial identities.*

Racial Classification: the practice of classifying people into distinct racial groups based on certain characteristics such as skin color or geographic region, often for the purpose of ranking them based on believed innate differences between the groups.*

Racial Identity: this concept operates at two levels: (1) self identity or conceptualization based upon perceptions of one’s race and (2) society’s perception and definition of a person’s race.*

Racial Profiling: the use of race (and often nationality or religion) to identify a person as a suspect or potential suspect. Racial profiling is one of the ways that racism is manifested and perpetuated.*

Racism: the use of race to establish and justify a social hierarchy and system of power that privileges, preferences or advances certain individuals or groups of people usually at the expense of others. Racism is perpetuated through both interpersonal and institutional practices.*

Segregation: the separation or isolation of a race, class, or ethnic group by enforced or voluntary residence in a restricted area, by barriers to social intercourse, by separate educational facilities, or by other discriminatory means.**

Sit-In: act of sitting in the seats or on the floor of an establishment as a means of organized protest.**

Tolerance: sympathy or indulgence for beliefs or practices differing from or conflicting with one’s own.**

White Privilege: A consequence of racism in the United States that has systematically, persistently, and extensively given advantages to so-called white populations, principally of European origin, at the expense of other populations.*

Xenophobia: fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign.**

*definitions derived from RACE: Are We So Different, a project of the American Anthropological Association -

**definitions derived from Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary -

***definitions derived from Racial Equity Tools, Center for Assessment and Policy Development -

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The Together at the Table project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.