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Serial Testimony as a Tool for Discussing Sensitive Racial Topics

Judy Logan

A grand jury is set to decide shortly on a verdict in the case of Darren Wilson, a White police officer charged with the shooting death of Michael Brown, a Black teenager, in Ferguson, Missouri. Whatever the verdict, it is likely to rouse strong feelings across the country. We therefore thought it might be useful to share SEED leader and San Francisco teacher Judy Logan's story of how using Serial Testimony, one of SEED's methods for intentionally structuring conversation, helped her multi-racial class of middle school students respond to the O.J. Simpson verdict of October, 1995, in a constructive way, without shame or blame.

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Circle Talk: "Is America Too Racist to Elect a Black President?"

Today is Pi Day (3.14), so in celebration of all things circular, we're posting an essay by SEED leader Beverly Bennett-Roberts about SEED's "circle talk," or "Serial Testimony." She explains how circle talk helped her lead her SEED group of educators — Black and White, and of different backgrounds and political affiliations — in a discussion of race and politics where they could find common ground.

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SEED Founder Peggy McIntosh Profiled in Teaching Tolerance

Teaching ToleranceTeaching Tolerance, the magazine of the Southern Poverty Law Center, has profiled SEED founder Peggy McIntosh in its spring issue.

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