Traces of the Trade

Traces of the Trade: Challenging Long-held Beliefs

Traces of the Trade In Accra, Ghana

The program: a 90-minute to 2-hour presentation (depending on the version of film selected). Tom is featured in the Emmy-nominated, PBS documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North. Screening of the film, with follow-up interaction/dialogue/Q&A led by Tom offers a catalyst for further dialogue, education and action in confronting intolerance and promoting diversity and acceptance. Follow-up email sent to participants with resources for long-term actions. Learn more about the film at

1) Viewing the documentary film

Learning Outcomes:

  • List several aspects of American history most students have never learned in a classroom or text book.
  • Site multiple examples of how enslavement and racism dominated the early economic, social, and political systems of the United States
  • Site multiple examples of how present-day systems continue to be impacted by historic oppressions in terms of intolerance, racism, diversity, etc.
  • Site multiple actions one can take to confront racism and other forms of intolerance and injustice.

2) Post-screening dialogue

Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss feelings and concepts that are not often dealt with effectively in most classroom or other settings
  • Explore conflict, cooperation, and interdependence among individuals, groups, and institutions in connection with issues of intolerance and diversity
  • Site examples of how enslavement as an historic institution has modern-day ramifications for all people, with different groups being impacted differently
  • Site examples of the interrelated nature of racism, sexism, religious and political intolerance, and other forms of injustice
  • Identify one or more actions participants can take to respond more effectively to differences, the need for diversity, and work toward social justice.
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