The top US universities offer free classes that explain the roots of the current protests in America and show what you can do to stand up for social justice.

What is traditionally a month of pride has become a month of wraith.

The demonstrations that have been spreading throughout the US in the last week were first ignited by cruel murders of several black individuals by the police, but the ensuing brutality against protestors, outbursts of far-right provocations, and long-suppressed anger over the omnipresent inequalities in American society only added fuel to the flames.

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Hopefully, in the future, we’ll be able to look at the recent bloodsheds as the moment when the world decided to come together. After all that’s happened, it is not possible to continue overlooking the vile mechanics of the system that systematically neglects the needs of people of color and, in general, of anyone who strays from the norms.

To be an ally is now more important than ever. And to become one, it helps to understand the origins of the present conflict. To educate yourself on the matter, you can take up the following online courses organized by the universities of Yale, Stanford, and Illinois that tackle the issues of diversity, African American history, or social justice.

All three lectures are free and handle the subjects from various perspectives.

African American History

The purpose of this course from Yale University is to examine the African American experience in the United States from 1863 to the present. Prominent themes include the end of the Civil War and the beginning of Reconstruction, African Americans’ urbanization experiences, the development of the modern civil rights movement and its aftermath, and the thought and leadership of Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, W.E.B. Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X.

African American History

The course was recorded for Open Yale Courses in Spring 2010 and contains 25 classes that can be found under the ‘Sessions’ tab.

Race and Cultural Diversity in American Life and History

In this course from the University of Illinois, you will deepen the understanding and appreciation of ways in which race, ethnicity, and cultural diversity have shaped American institutions, ideology, law, and social relationships from the colonial era to the present. You’ll explore the issues of race and ethnicity across different ethnocultural traditions and examine diverse experiences to further grasp their meaning in American life.

The lectures don’t deal only with the contributions by the black communities but dive into the relationships of European Americans with Native Americans and the Hispanic and Asian communities living in the USA.

Race and Cultural Diverstity in American Life and History

The course is aimed at beginners and takes 11 hours to complete.

Love as a Force for Social Justice

As always, hatred toward others is at the core of the problems plaguing our societies. To introduce people to different concepts of love and empower them to be conscious of the power it holds, Stanford University has designed a course to teach you how to practice love in everyday life. In particular, the lectures highlight the idea of love as a force for social justice, personal strength, and empowerment.

This curriculum aims to foster a sense of the importance of love as a key phenomenon in creating community, connection, and functional societies among humans.

Love as a Force for Social Justice

The course starts on June 8 and is taught by Anne Firth Murray, the founding president of the Global Fund for Women.

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