SUMMIT, NJ - The Summit Free Public Library will present a four-week course, starting July 17, entitled 'Dismantling the Racism Machine', which will be led by Dr. Karen Gaffney, a professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College. Based on her book of the same name, the course will be delivered via Zoom at 10 - 12 p.m. each week.

An expert on the subject, Gaffney will provide an accessible introduction to race and racism and offer tools for action, highlighting many myths that need to be debunked in order to challenge systemic racism.

Each week the course will seek to answer the following questions:

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Week 1 - What does it mean to say that race is a social construct and not biological, and why does it matter?

Week 2How did the invention of race serve to divide and conquer people in colonial America, and what impact does this continue to have?

Week 3 - How and why has systemic racism persisted after the civil rights movement?

Week 4 - How can white people best challenge systemic racism today?

Each week, participants that have registered will be sent the Zoom link for that week’s program. The class will meet on Friday, July 17, July 24, July 31 and August 7.

The thought-provoking program, made possible by The Summit Foundation, is designed to not only educate and inform, but also empower participants to become allies in the fight against systemic racism. To register, visit and then click on the Events link at the top of the page or call 908-273-0350, option 3.