Overdue: Confronting Race & Racism in Newton

The Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People event will be held on Tuesday, October 20 from 5-7 pm.   Register here.


  • You may view the event via Zoom webinar (link below) or live stream the event on NewTV here: https://vimeo.com/460951087

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About the Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People Event: The City of Newton Police Reform Task Force will host Dr. Mahzarin R. Banaji, author of New York Times bestseller Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People in a special open Task Force meeting on Tuesday, October 20th from 5 – 7  pm.  Dr. Banaji will give a presentation on implicit bias and be accompanied by Task Force members Judge Sonja Spears and City of Cambridge Police Department Deputy Superintendent Robert Lowe.  This will be an opportunity for us to all learn more about the science underlying hidden biases.  Register here.


The Raising Anti-racist Kids event will be held on Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 pm.   Register here.

The Jerry Craft New Kid author event will be held on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm.  Register here.

About the Raising Anti-racist Kids event: Join us for the first in a multi-part educational series on being an anti-racist. Cosponsored by FORJ (Families Organizing for Racial Justice), Harmony Foundation and Newton Human Rights Commission. Panelists include: David A. Fleishman, Superintendent of Schools (moderator), Ellie Axe, Director, Story Starters, Michele Leong, Newton North High School Office of Human Rights, Kathy Lopes, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Newton Public Schools, and Dr. Henry Turner, Principal, Newton North High School.

About the Jerry Craft New Kid event: Newbery Award and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author/illustrator Jerry Craft takes us behind the scenes of his bestselling graphic novels New Kid and the upcoming Class Act. Join us on Zoom as Jerry gives tweens and their families a look into his writing and drawing process. For 5th to 8th-graders and their families.

The Richard Rothstein The Color of Law author event will be held on Tuesday, November 17 at 6:30 pm.   Register here.

About the Richard Rothstein The Color of Law event: In, The Color of Law, A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, author Richard Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state and federal levels. Join us for a virtual session with Mr. Rothstein. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by FORJ, the program cosponsor. Attendees will come away with a deeper understanding of the systemic issues that contribute to housing inequities, particularly as Newton engages in a comprehensive review of its zoning codes.

Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton is a coalition of organizations and individuals that aims to equip and empower our community with the understanding, knowledge, and skills to actively fight racism both in Newton and beyond.  We provide residents with opportunities to listen, to learn, and to act in order to dismantle systemic racism within our city.  This series of events challenges us to do better and examine the way we treat each other in order to make Newton a more welcoming place to live.      

OVERDUE Partner organizations (click on logos to visit websites):

Newton Free Library Logo

Newton Human Rights Commission Logo

Harmony Foundation Logo

 Newton Public Schools Logo

 Families Organizing for Racial Justice Logo

Families Organizing for Racial Justice

More anti-racism events and initiatives in Newton  

  • Gear up for the Jerry Craft author event with New Kid Trivia on Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 pm. Register here.
  • New Art Center Peaceful Protest Posters: Online Exhibition For more than 500 years, protest posters have been profound visual icons for social justice, and have served as a call to action for societal change.  View the online exhibit here.  
  • Newton North High Schools "Rise Against Racism" PSA Video NNHS students made a this video in response to racist Zoom bombing students experienced and to raise awareness about Asian Pacific Americans Heritage Month and the Black Lives Matter movement.

Looking for more reads?  Check out the Newton Free Library's antiracism reading and resource guides here.

Looking for more information about Overdue?  Contact  overdue@newtonma.gov.

Thank you to our planning committee members

Michelle Buglio, Newton Free Library
Jennifer Dirga, FORJ
Cristian Gaines, Newton North High School
Peter Goddard, Newton North High School, Myrtle Baptist Church
Cindy Greene, FORJ, Human Rights Commission
Dana Hanson, Mayor's Office
Eli Ingraham, Human Rights Commission
Kate Kennedy, Newton North High School
Hattie Kerwin Derrick, Human Rights Commission
Renande Loayza, FORJ
Jill Mercurio, Newton Free Library
Ellen Meyers, Newton Free Library
Edie Pike, Newton North High School
Andrew Riebe, Newton North High School
Tamika Olszewski, FORJ, Human Rights Commission, Harmony Foundation
Sharon Stout, Trustees of the Newton Free Library
Henry Turner, Ed.D, Newton North High School
Oneeka Williams, MD, Author, Dr. Dee Dee Dynamo series
Amy Winston, Newton North High School

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