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Point Made Learning Point Made Learning uses documentary film to facilitate productive discussions around the most uncomfortable topics we face in American society - starting with racism.
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Founded in 1997, PML is dedicated to educating individuals and organizations on the topics of race and inclusion. Point Made Learning offers hands on learning experiences for schools and organizations that want to have real conversations surrounding the topics of race, diversity, equity and inclusion. We offer workshops, film screenings and speaking engagements. Our unique American Dream Game remodels the conventional board game transforming it into a powerful lesson on bias, stereotypes, discrimination, and systemic inequity. We tell true stories and teach powerful lessons about issues that matter.

“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” - Toni MorrisonIt's ...
05/09/2020

“If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” - Toni Morrison
It's time we all start writing our own story!

In this bonus video from the making of I’m Not Racist… Am I?, the students from the film got a chance to practice having...
05/08/2020

In this bonus video from the making of I’m Not Racist… Am I?, the students from the film got a chance to practice having real-life conversations about race and racism Use this video and the accompanying lesson plan to help your students figure out how and when to speak up. https://buff.ly/3b5hLqd

Say his name:  #AhmaudArbery. He should be alive. Today should have been a celebration of his birth. Instead, there is g...
05/08/2020

Say his name: #AhmaudArbery. He should be alive. Today should have been a celebration of his birth. Instead, there is grief and anger. Yes, his murderers have been charged - finally. But true justice requires a dismantling of the racist system that empowers racist vigilantes and enables police and prosecutors to turn a blind eye. We will continue to #showup everyday to disrupt, dismantle, and rebuild so that one day a black person driving/jogging/breathing won’t become hashtag.

Repost from @privtoprog•I (@thewildsister) am the mother of two white sons. The idea that they would ever be the victims...
05/07/2020

Repost from @privtoprog

I (@thewildsister) am the mother of two white sons. The idea that they would ever be the victims of a lynching like that of #ahmaudarbery is absurd, impossible. I know it, you know it, and all your white friends and family know it. We live in two Americas depending on our race, and if you’re Black that America is not one you would like to live in if you’re white. And that’s the deep truth. Our silence is deadly. What can you do? After you call the Liberty County DA swipe ➡️ to learn the four things you MUST commit to as a lifelong practice if you believe that you are not racist and you make the necessary choice to be on the path to antiracism. SHARE, TAG FRIENDS, #ShowUp

PML’s Founder @barblee623 will be one of @naaap_national ‘s first guests for #apahm2020 - TONIGHT at 7pm. Link in bio to...
05/06/2020

PML’s Founder @barblee623 will be one of @naaap_national ‘s first guests for #apahm2020 - TONIGHT at 7pm. Link in bio to sign up. Swipe left for more info.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the cultures, traditions, achievements, and contributions of Asians to our society. Check naaap.org for free programs on interest all month long. #apahm2020 #naaap20 #naaap2020

Happy Asian Pacific Heritage Month #APAHM20 ! Start the month off TONIGHT at 7:00pm by attending the  National Associati...
05/06/2020
Webinar: Asian Americans: From Exclusion to Achievement

Happy Asian Pacific Heritage Month #APAHM20 ! Start the month off TONIGHT at 7:00pm by attending the National Association of Asian American Professionals’ first SPA Heritage Month Event featuring Point Made Learning’s President, Barb Lee . Click the link below to sign up.

A professor and film maker recount Asian Pacific American history from exclusion to achievement.

Teachers, we are excited to bring you the PML Schoolkit. This remote learning resource features film clips, discussion q...
05/05/2020

Teachers, we are excited to bring you the PML Schoolkit. This remote learning resource features film clips, discussion questions, lesson plans, and facilitation tools to help you explore race and equity with your students.
https://buff.ly/3b5hLqd

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. We want to thank all the teachers that go above and beyond each and every day to make su...
05/04/2020

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. We want to thank all the teachers that go above and beyond each and every day to make sure our young ones stay educated.

Tomorrow is the LAST day to access the Look Deeper: Race online course for free. All fees are waived to support you as y...
04/29/2020

Tomorrow is the LAST day to access the Look Deeper: Race online course for free. All fees are waived to support you as you teach and learn from home. https://buff.ly/2yaTXUi

Just a few days left to access the Look Deeper: Race online course. All fees are waived to help you log in, lean in, and...
04/28/2020

Just a few days left to access the Look Deeper: Race online course. All fees are waived to help you log in, lean in, and look deeper with us! https://buff.ly/2yaTXUi

This time last year we attended one of our favorite events, The National Antiracist Book Festival  and screened I'm Not ...
04/25/2020

This time last year we attended one of our favorite events, The National Antiracist Book Festival and screened I'm Not Racist... Am I?. We look forward to next year when the event is back on!

As you plan your weekend in, we recommend  Just Mercy, the film starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, based on one ...
04/24/2020

As you plan your weekend in, we recommend Just Mercy, the film starring Jamie Foxx and Michael B. Jordan, based on one of our favorite books by Bryan Stevenson.

Climate change affects us all, but according to the US Govt's 4th Annual Climate Assessment it has shown to affect peopl...
04/22/2020

Climate change affects us all, but according to the US Govt's 4th Annual Climate Assessment it has shown to affect people of color and lower income communities more. So let's give it up to the Hip Hop Caucus and its President, Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. who is organizing young people to fight for their communities, the climate, and equality.

You still have 2 more weeks to access the Look Deeper: Race online course. We know it's tough for teachers and parents r...
04/20/2020

You still have 2 more weeks to access the Look Deeper: Race online course. We know it's tough for teachers and parents right now to keep kids engaged which is why we are waiving the program fee. Join the conversation! https://pointmadelearning.com/course/

Throw back to one of our favorite podcasts. Krista Tippett's March 31st episode explores how to be ok with "just being."...
04/16/2020

Throw back to one of our favorite podcasts. Krista Tippett's March 31st episode explores how to be ok with "just being." We really needed this right about now. The On Being Project

Talking about racism is hard. But if folks are committed to doing the work and they come ready to learn, we will meet th...
04/15/2020

Talking about racism is hard. But if folks are committed to doing the work and they come ready to learn, we will meet them where they are. That's why "Allow for a first draft" is one of the "Guiding Lights" we use to navigate through hard lessons and conversations.

“The reality is, people want to work for a company that aligns with their personal core values, where their differences ...
04/14/2020

“The reality is, people want to work for a company that aligns with their personal core values, where their differences will be embraced and where they will be able to reach their goals.” We couldn’t agree more. Check out this article from Business Insider https://buff.ly/2vGQM5A

Did you watch Magic Johnson on CNN's coronavirus town hall?  He called out the racial disparities in coronavirus diagnos...
04/13/2020

Did you watch Magic Johnson on CNN's coronavirus town hall? He called out the racial disparities in coronavirus diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes for black and brown Americans and how we got here. It's worth a watch. https://buff.ly/2V8O7vD

With the shift to remote learning, we’re providing our resources for FREE. Our Look Deeper: Race course offers interacti...
04/10/2020

With the shift to remote learning, we’re providing our resources for FREE. Our Look Deeper: Race course offers interactive lessons on race and racism.
https://buff.ly/2RnoSDx #remotelearning #Stayathome
#onlinecourse #homeschool #teacherresources

FACTS - Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay.  March 31, 2020...
03/31/2020

FACTS - Because women earn less, on average, than men, they must work longer for the same amount of pay. March 31, 2020 symbolizes how far into the year white women must work to earn what white men earned in the year 2019. More Facts - The wage gap is even greater for most women of color.

"This Book is Anti-racist" is written by antiracist author and educator,Tiffany M. Jewell. It is officially one of our n...
03/27/2020

"This Book is Anti-racist" is written by antiracist author and educator,Tiffany M. Jewell. It is officially one of our new favorite books on racism. Although it was written for young folx, we suggest that everyone read it.

"The definition of xenophobia is actually the fear of strangers and foreigners. What's happening to Asian Americans is n...
03/25/2020
"We Can't Be Silent": Asian Americans in Hollywood Denounce "Chinese Virus" and Racist Incidents

"The definition of xenophobia is actually the fear of strangers and foreigners. What's happening to Asian Americans is not xenophobic. We are citizens. We belong here. What's happening is bigotry and the incidents that we see should really be labeled as bigotry."
Check out this HollywoodReporter featuring our founder Barb Lee on the topic of racism amid the Coronavirus.
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/we-cant-be-silent-asian-americans-hollywood-denounce-chinese-virus-racist-incidents-1286292

Actors, creatives and advocates offer ways to promote inclusivity amid a crisis and say Trump's attempt to racialize the pandemic is "only adding fuel to an already blazing fire."

Do you want a less racist and more equitable society? Then DO SOMETHING. That is the advice from the ledgendary Chinese ...
03/25/2020

Do you want a less racist and more equitable society? Then DO SOMETHING. That is the advice from the ledgendary Chinese American philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs. She spent seven decades fighting on the right side of justice! Learn more about her in the PBS documentary series 'American Revolutionary' or in her autobiography, 'Living for Change.'

Just last year, artist Liz Montague, at age 24, became the first black female cartoonist EVER published in the New Yorke...
03/20/2020

Just last year, artist Liz Montague, at age 24, became the first black female cartoonist EVER published in the New Yorker. And this didn’t happen because the magazine was searching for someone like her. It took Montague reaching out to the New Yorker herself, pointing out the lack of cartoonist diversity, and then recommending herself. Her cartoons shed light on many of the issues that matter the most to her, and now the New Yorker and its readers are better off for seeing her perspective. Check out her work on her Instagram "@LizatLarge." (We love how this photo by Sara L. Voisin captures Liz's energy and creative spririt!)
https://buff.ly/2whVw1W

Looking for resources for remote learning? Our Look Deeper: Race course is FREE for the next 30 days. We combine a mix o...
03/18/2020

Looking for resources for remote learning? Our Look Deeper: Race course is FREE for the next 30 days. We combine a mix of documentary film, exercises, and a facilitation guide to engage students in discussions about race and racism. Sign up now for access: https://buff.ly/2UdoOqu

Thank you RBG for teaching us to stay the course, speak the truth, fight for justice, and take care of our bodies! How p...
03/15/2020

Thank you RBG for teaching us to stay the course, speak the truth, fight for justice, and take care of our bodies! How perfect that YOUR birthday falls during Women's History Month. Today Point Made Learning is singing Stevie Wonder's 'Happy Birthday' just for you. #RBG #WomensHistoryMonth

#nathanielwoods - Repost from @eji_org•The State of Alabama executed Nathaniel Woods last night for a crime involving wh...
03/06/2020

#nathanielwoods - Repost from @eji_org

The State of Alabama executed Nathaniel Woods last night for a crime involving white victims. A stunning 84% of Alabama executions in the modern era have been carried out for crimes involving white victims even though only 20% of the state's homicide victims are white. This dramatic disparity in Alabama's death penalty reflects a longstanding problem of racial bias in the administration of capital punishment.

Throwing back to last week at the American Bar Association Tech Show in Chicago where we partnered with Safaya Fawzi and...
03/05/2020

Throwing back to last week at the American Bar Association Tech Show in Chicago where we partnered with Safaya Fawzi and Stephen Young from the ABA's Diversity & Inclusion Center to highlight the group's diversity initiatives. @americanbarassociation #ShowUp #grateful #ThrowbackThursday

"it is better to speak"- Audre Lorde. From her collection "The Black Unicorn: Poems." #ShowUP #NotJustFebruary #blackhis...
03/02/2020

"it is better to speak"- Audre Lorde. From her collection "The Black Unicorn: Poems."

#ShowUP #NotJustFebruary #blackhistoryyear

If you're looking for a creative new tool to get your school community -- staff, students AND parents -- understanding s...
02/27/2020

If you're looking for a creative new tool to get your school community -- staff, students AND parents -- understanding social inequity, we've got you covered with The American Dream Game School Edition. It may feel like a game, but what you'll get people talking about is REAL. Order this game for your institution and you'll also get a digital suite of facilitation tools. Link in bio to purchase. #Showup #theAmericanDreamGame #Lookdeeper

Our fabulous Creative Director ‘D’ loves to read everything, from children's books to historical nonfiction. Below is a ...
02/27/2020

Our fabulous Creative Director ‘D’ loves to read everything, from children's books to historical nonfiction. Below is a list of resources that she curated to celebrate Black storytellers. In her own words, this list is 'everything but the bagel' for book genres. She even threw in a few podcasts for fun!
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Science Fiction/Fantasy:

How Long 'Til Black Future Month - N. K. Jemisin Nora Jemisin( a collection of science fiction short stories by 3-time Hugo Award winning author N. K. Jemisin.)
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The Deep - Rivers Solomon(A story about black mermaids. In this book, black mermaids were created by Africans jumping off slave ships.)
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Romance:

Get A Life, Chloe Brown - Talia Hibbert
The Sun Is Also A Star - (Young Adult Book) Nicola Yoon
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Contemporary Fiction:

Such A Fun Age - Kiley Reid
My Sister, The Serial Killer - Oyinkan Braithwaite
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Short Stories:

What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky - Lesley Nneka Arimah
Heads of the Colored People - Nafissa Thompson-Spires
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General "Historical" Fiction:
(both have elements of what is considered magical realism)

The Water Dancer - Ta-Nehisi Coates
She Would Be King - Wayétu Moore​
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Graphic Novels:

Bingo Love - Tee Franklin
Afar by Leila del Luca
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Children's Book:

Hair Love - (4 yrs to 8 yrs Book) matthewacherry, Vashti Harrison Illustration
Sulwe - (4 yrs to 8 yrs Book) Lupita Nyong'oyong'o​, Vashti Harrison (Illustrator)
From the Desk of Zoe Washington (Middle-grade Book) Janae Marks

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Poetry:

The Poet X - Elizabeth Acevedo
Don't Call Us Dead: Poems - Danez Smith
You Don't Even Know Me: Stories and Poems About Boys - Sharon G. Flake
The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic - Jamila Woods (Editor), et al

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Nonfiction:

Kara Walker: Dust Jackets for the Niggerati - Kara Walker
African-American artist Kara Walker (born 1969) has been acclaimed internationally for her candid investigations of race, sexuality and violence through the lens of reconceived historical tropes. Walker has exhibited widely in the US, and at 27 became the youngest person ever to receive the prestigious MacArthur Foundation's "genius grant" scholarship. But she has also caused controversy. [...] Walker is by now used to viewers being discomfited not only by the fact that her work dares to speak openly about race and identity, but that it may even be making fun of such viewers. "It makes people queasy," she says. "And I like that queasy feeling."

The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks about Race, edited by Jesmyn Ward (National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward takes James Baldwin's 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, as a jumping-off point for this groundbreaking collection of essays and poems about race from the most important voices of her generation and our time.
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Podcasts:

The Nod - The Nod tells the stories of Black life that don't get told anywhere else, from an explanation of how purple drink became associated with Black culture to the story of how an interracial drag troupe traveled the nation in the 1940s. The Nod celebrates the genius, the innovation, and the resilience that is so particular to being Black -- in America, and around the world.

Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reportingrom The Center for Investigative Reporting​ - The award-winning radio program 'Reveal', produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. Hidden stories, uncovered - that's what this show is about. It takes you deep inside stories that impact your world, revealing injustice and holding the powerful accountable. The first-of-its-kind investigative program on public radio, 'Reveal' is hosted by Al Letson and updated regularly.

Therapy For Black GirlsGirls​ - The Therapy for Black Girls Podcast is a weekly chat about all things mental health, personal development, and all the small decisions we can make to become the best possible versions of ourselves. Join your host, Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, a licensed Psychologist as she offers practical tips and strategies to improve your mental health, pulls back the curtain on what happens in therapy sessions, and answers your listener questions.

The Read Join media personalities Kid Fury and Crissle for their weekly 'read' of hip-hop and pop culture's most trying stars.

Let us stay the course.  #Showup #BeAntiracist #NotJustFebruary
02/26/2020

Let us stay the course. #Showup #BeAntiracist #NotJustFebruary

02/25/2020
Meet Our Faciltators- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Have you met our facilitators? We think they are pretty great! They have years of experience helping others learn more about racism and offer people strategies for how to talk about it with others effectively. Hear from them directly on our IGTV about what inspires them. And, even though the issues they tackle on a regluar basis are serious, their laughter continues to be contagious!

🌏❗️On Tuesday, March 17th, 5:00PM-7:00PM, Carroll Hall, Freedom Forum - Join us for a panel discussion on Yellow Peril &...
02/24/2020

🌏❗️On Tuesday, March 17th, 5:00PM-7:00PM, Carroll Hall, Freedom Forum - Join us for a panel discussion on Yellow Peril & Anti-Asian Prejudice in the Shadow of Coronavirus with Barbara Lee, Founder and President of Point Made Learning and Heidi Kim, Associate Professor UNC English and Comparative Literature, moderated by Sophie Bao-Chieu To, PhD student UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health!

This panel will discuss recent episodes of anti-Asian prejudice in historical perspective, and debate how the global COVID-19 (popularized as simply "coronavirus" scare is impacting the conversation.

This event is cosponsored by UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media

🌏❗️On Tuesday, March 17th, 5:00PM-7:00PM, Carroll Hall, Freedom Forum - Join us for a panel discussion on Yellow Peril & Anti-Asian Prejudice in the Shadow of Coronavirus with Barbara Lee, Founder and President of Point Made Learning and Heidi Kim, Associate Professor UNC English and Comparative Literature, moderated by Sophie Bao-Chieu To, PhD student UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

This panel will discuss recent episodes of anti-Asian prejudice in historical perspective, and debate how the global COVID-19 (popularized as simply "coronavirus") scare is impacting the conversation.

This event is cosponsored by UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media

We are so excited to see the community of Pittsburgh using The American Dream Game - School Edition! The YMCA @ymcapgh i...
02/06/2020

We are so excited to see the community of Pittsburgh using The American Dream Game - School Edition! The YMCA @ymcapgh is working hard to ensure their community is talking about racism, equity, and inclusion! Thank-you for all that you do to help create environments where everyone feels like they belong. #notjustfebruary
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Last Saturday, @yachieverspgh and #ymcapgh staff celebrated the start of Black History Month with Y-USA's Victor Rivera who the playing and discussion around the American Dream game from @pointmadelearning. This board game :explores how bias, stereotypes, discrimination, and systemic inequity can block our path toward the “"American Dream.'” Support Y Achievers and our young scholars at their annual luncheon Feb. 27: pittsburghymca.org/luncheon. @ YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh

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