Late one night in an adult education classroom in Dorchester, Kafi Dixon compares the toll of living in an environment that upholds white supremacy to a “slow drip, drip, on a hard stone.” Her comment prompts a burst of discussion. One student ups the comparison to a trickle and the group shares a laugh when another adds, “Turn that faucet off!”

Drawn to the intimacy and transformative potential of the Clemente Course in the Humanities — designed to give adults with limited financial resources a chance to rigorously study literature, history, and philosophy — Newton
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