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Monuments to the Confederacy have become sites of renewed controversy in recent months. But not all acts of confrontation and reconciliation occur in public.

Avory Brookins / RIPR

A couple hundred union workers, local activists and concerned Rhode Islanders protested racism Monday during a rally and march to the Statehouse in Providence. 


The Rt. Rev. W. Nicholas Knisely, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Rhode Island, and Dr. Tom Wiles, executive minister of the American Baptist Churches of Rhode Island, called today on Rhode Island Christians to join in prayer this weekend to reject the message of the neo-Nazi march on Virginia.

Speaking Across Difference: Your Turn To Weigh In

Oct 31, 2016

For the past few weeks we’ve been featuring stories of Rhode Islanders who reach across differences like race, religion and politics, in our series “Speaking Across Difference.” We also asked you to weigh in and share your own experience through an online survey. Several dozen people took the time to answer our questions. 

John Bender / RIPR

More than 100 supporters gathered at Providence City Hall Wednesday evening for the first public hearing on a proposed ordinance known as the Community Safety Act.

The CSA seeks to reduce potential racial profiling by city law enforcement.

The ordinance includes 12 central points, several of which are variations on state law and the current the Providence police code of conduct. Most expand the definition of racial profiling and procedures for handling police stops, said community organizer Vanessa Flores-Maldonando.

Weeks after students staged a sit-in over allegations of racism on campus, Providence College has detailed plans to address the students' concerns. In a letter, college officials outlined proposed changes to faculty training and the college curriculum.

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As racial tensions continue to make headlines on college campuses across the country, Roger Williams University will host a symposium on current and past black activist movements Thursday.

The day-long conference will feature scholars, poets, and a prominent member of the current Black Lives Matter movement. Organizers said the purpose of the event is to open a conversation about black activism and its history.

Roger Williams senior Marquis Caesar, one of the conference organizers, said there aren’t enough opportunities to have campus-wide discussions about race.

Elisabeth Harrison

After the release of a video showing a Texas traffic stop that escalates into an arrest for Sandra Bland, an African-American woman who was later found dead in a prison cell, some Rhode Islanders say they are disturbed, but not surprised. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison has our story.

In a patch of shade across the street from Pawtucket City Hall, Dwayne Adams sighs deeply and says yes, he has heard about Sandra Bland.

This I Believe Rhode Island: Overcoming Racism

Feb 10, 2015

Sadly, the news continues to provide all of us with a steady diet of ugly stories about racism in America, a nagging challenge that persists in far too many corners of our world.   Rosa Parks, the courageous civil rights activist who refused to give up her bus seat nearly 60 years ago in Montgomery, Alabama once said:  “Racism is still with us.  But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.”  And we hear echoes of these sentiments more than a half century later from seventeen-year-old Alannah Bareham.

Alannah Bareham is a lifelong Rhode Islander and a junior at the Providence Country Day School.  Alannah reports that she loves physics as much as art and is passionate about painting and running.

About 20 Salve Regina students will be doing something different on their spring break this year. They will be taking a civil rights bus tour to learn more about the movement. The tour bus will stop at key sites from the era and the students will interact with former participants. Salve Regina associate professor of religion and theology Dr. Anthony LoPresti said he hopes his students will recognize that racism still remains an issue in our society today.