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Standing United Against Racism

Posted June 2, 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

As we confront the most serious health and economic crisis in a century, we are reminded that racism, a disease more deadly, insidious, and destructive than COVID-19, is ever present. The senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Breonna Taylor, and so many others, is heartbreaking. The violence that has erupted surrounding peaceful protests is also deeply upsetting. We cannot and must not stay silent. We who care about peace, justice, and our community search for answers.


The Museum of Sonoma County has an important mission to preserve history, promote creativity, celebrate humanity, and provide a platform for compassion and understanding. We believe that history and art can play a vital role in healing the divisions in our communities by reminding us of the mistakes of our past and by creating a vision of hope and inspiration for a better future. We stand with those who oppose racism and social injustice. We hope that our efforts to promote equity and inclusion can inspire our community to confront hate with love, find solace in creative works, and direct our frustration toward constructive acts that improve society.


In sadness and hope,

Nancy Glaze
Chair, Board of Directors

Jeff Nathanson
Executive Director


Resources and Ways to Get Involved 

Our team is actively listening, learning, and searching for additional resources to share with our community. We acknowledge that this list is not comprehensive, but we hope it provides a starting point.



‣ National Museum of African American History and Culture's Talking About Race portal: Resources and tools to help us identify types of bias, what it means to be antiracist, the historical foundations of race, and more

‣ A Guide to Supporting Grieving Black Communities - for Non-Black People (@Grief Tips, Instagram)

Reading Lists

‣ Sonoma County Library's "Understanding Race and Racism" Reading list

‣ "America’s Black Towns and Settlements: A Historical Reference Guide" by Morris Turner (local author)

‣ University of Oaklahoma Press "Race and Culture in the American West Series"

‣ Esquire's "Best Books on Anti-Racism" Reading List


Take Action

‣ March in solidarity

‣ Support Black artists and businesses

‣ Searchable list of Black-owned restaurants, pop-ups and caterers in the Bay Area (San Francisco Chronicle)

‣ Stand up against injustices and harassment using the 5 Ds of Bystander Intervention

‣ Find and support organizations whose missions align with your views. Some organizations to check out:

‣ Santa Rosa-Sonoma County NAACP 

‣ Peace & Justice Center of Sonoma County 

‣ Racial Justice Allies of Sonoma County 

‣ Sonoma County Black Forum 

‣ North Bay Black Chamber of Commerce 

‣ Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) 

‣ National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)

‣ Engage with local politics

‣ Local ballot measures and officials directly impact our communities. Familiarize yourself with your elected officials and speak up if you are unsatisfied with the way they are handling issues of racial justice.

‣ Learn how to contact your federal, state, and local elected leaders

‣ Register to vote