Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past emerges from both centuries of systemic racism and its urgent, present-day reality. With this new initiative, we seek to spark positive social change and build a more equitable future through interdisciplinary scholarship, creative partnerships, dialogue, and engagement.
Through 'Race and Our Shared Future,' we hope to grow engaged, intergenerational communities of learners and doers.Learn about our initiative
Attend an event. Join a discussion. Listen and learn how others' experiences may differ from your own. Think about how race operates in your own communities. Positive change doesn't happen by itself, but rather when we all act together, even when it feels uncomfortable.Participate
The true story of our heritage is nuanced, complex, and fascinating.
Part of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum exhibition, A Right to the City, several people share their experiences with changing city streets, segregated American society, and preserving cultural legacy.
Our Shared Future: Reckoning with Our Racial Past is built on six thematic pillars. Each is designed to make issues of race and systemic racism understandable, relevant, and, most importantly, changeable.
We think about race from multiple perspectives, from the individual to the institutional.Read about the pillars
At a time when the nation is in crisis, all of our institutions need to contribute to making the country better.
From teaching toolkits to low-tech learning activities, the Learning Lab’s resources support classroom teachers’ efforts to amplify critical conversations about the history and legacy of race and racism in the United States and beyond with their students.
Conversations about race may be uncomfortable, yet it is at the edge of discomfort where we can learn the most.Find resources