Today in “Hidden” History

Today in “Hidden” History is a daily-updated quick-read list of important but little-known events that occurred on this date. The list is not exhaustive, but merely illustrates of the range of innovators, contributors, and events that are excluded from formal history curricula and common knowledge. Click the title/banner above to read today’s entries. read more

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Allies Exclusive: Children’s Book Reading

In a Ridgefield Allies video exclusive to celebrate Black History Month and to illustrate how parents can and should begin educating their children to be antiracist as early as possible, Ridgefield native Lily Robinson reads the children’s book Antiracist Baby, by Ibram X. Kendi. Ridgefield Allies urge parents to view this video with their children and to make this and similar children’s books regular volumes they read to and with their very young children. As the book explains, antiracist babies (and the toddlers, teens, and adults they grow into) are made through learning. Let us all take steps to advance such learning. For additional antiracism resources, including resources aimed at young children, please visit our Resources page.

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MLK Jr Actively Sought Out, Confronted, & Challenged Injustice and Complacency

He Pursued Justice As An End In Itself And As The Only True Healing

Today we commemorate the life, work, and meaning of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Unfortunately, too many in pop culture and in our community will celebrate a faux Dr. King, an ersatz posthumous version drained of his righteous moral power, erudite learned wisdom, and unyielding bravery, a domesticated Stuart Smalley-esque construction that does not challenge us to be more than simply superficially “nice” to one another. That is not the Dr King who existed nor to whom we owe so much. This artifice is as a blasphemy to Dr. King’s teachings and to the multitudes of lesser known and wholly unknown collaborators who worked and toiled with him over the two decades of his publicly-visible activism and in the over five decades since. Millions of black women and men, most without Dr. King’s immense oratorical and intellectual gifts, but who nonetheless took up the power and righteousness of their shared mission, and who still toil today, are insulted and demeaned by such impotent depictions. read more

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UPDATED TIME: Ridgefield’s MLK, Jr Celebration Marks 25th Anniversary Milestone — Live Stream Monday, Jan 18, 2021 @ 1 pm

Every year The Spirit of Dr. King Award is given to a Ridgefield resident for their outstanding commitment to community service and selflessness, as we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King. This year will be special, not only because it is it the 25th Anniversary of this event, but because, for the first time, it will all be done virtually and can be viewed LIVE on Monday, January 18. 2020, beginning at 1 pm on the Ridgefield Playhouse YouTube Channel, and will be available for replay viewing anytime thereafter.” read more

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What happens when you tell folks they’re racist?

(That wasn’t a rhetorical question.)

I take it as a good thing and as a measure of meaningful progress that white people absolutely lose their minds when someone suggests that they are racist.  After all, it wasn’t that long ago that a disturbingly large segment of America’s white citizens was unabashedly proud of their racist identity.  It was an explicit expression of their superiority, intellectually, culturally, economically and politically, over people of color.  In 1972 and 1976, George Wallace ran for president as a Democrat and won several state primaries each time.  This is the same man who passionately declared, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” read more

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3 Simple Steps

As an organization, Ridgefield Allies accepts that it cannot respond to every headline. Given the history of our country and the pace of current events, chasing headlines would divert our actions and our purpose into a meaningless blur. read more

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Carry on the Struggle of Departed American Giants

When a brother in arms falls on the battlefield, it is our duty to pick up his sword and carry the battle forward.  John Lewis and CT Vivian dedicated their lives to the fight for voting rights for all Americans.  They were instrumental to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.  We can show them our love and respect by carrying forward the fight to extend, preserve, and protect the voting rights of all people. read more

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