Course Objectives

The goal of the Black History for White People workshop is to prevent and respond to systemic discrimination globally and specifically for the American descendants of slaves (ADOS) community, based on three guiding principles:

  1. Prevention of racism from occurring in the first place, and from recurring, by education and by working with local grassroots organizations, civil society, and key stakeholders in the community
  2. Protection from systemic racism by identifying the ways it has been normalized and providing support to those involved when it does occur.
  3. Accountability to end impunity and ensure that those responsible for systemic racism compensate the ADOS community in a way that satisfies their unique justice claim. Justice may take the form of reparations, but is not limited to it.
  4. Dismantling the POC narrative.

We believe this workshop should lead toward a few outcomes:

  1. An increased share of the population will view systemic racism as unacceptable
  2. Undermining the persistent ‘bootstrap myth’ that the ADOS community is poor because they are unwilling to do what is required to succeed. That if they tried hard enough they would be able to succeed.
  3. Increasing the awareness of reparations as a necessary policy of the US government for ADOS
  4. Eliminating the belief that all non-white populations share the same goals and require the same restitution.
  5. The building of a community of practice of workshop alumni.

The Preventing and Responding to systemic racism and its legacy across Sectors learning program contributes to those outcomes by:

  • Equipping participants with a deeper understanding of systemic racism, and what it takes to prevent and respond to it
  • Sharing strategies and best practices in preventing and responding to systemic racism in specific sectors, both through the training and by working with BH4WP toolkits
  • Providing opportunities for participants to practice serving as advocates for addressing systemic racism with their colleagues, implementing partners, and other stakeholders
  • Inviting participants to engage in action learning focused on preventing and responding to systemic racism in their own work, supported by a mentor
  • Engaging participants in a CoP as a way to offer ongoing support, bolster their confidence and commitment, and bring this analysis to our daily lives.



By the end of this learning program, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate convincing messages about the importance of integrating prevention of and response to systemic racism
  • Articulate that black Americans across the life course experience high rates of discrimination and are disproportionately affected by systemic racism
  • Articulate how systemic racism affects black Americans
  • Articulate how the legacy of systemic racism affects already marginalized or vulnerable populations.
  • Describe key messages and promising practices in preventing and responding to systemic racism in both cross-sectoral and sector-specific approaches
  • Integrate systemic racism prevention and response through the different Program Cycle components and in their day-to-day work.