In February 2019 FORR: Frankfort sponsored an event to facilitate learning and conversations between officials at Kentucky State University and officials in city and county government. It was agreed that racism still exists in our community. Participants were told that to begin to address these race and race-related issues it would be necessary for them to step outside of their comfort zone and to engage in open, honest, face to face conversations about race and race related issues. No longer can they be afraid to talk about race. Dr. Crystal deGregory, Ph. D was the event speaker. Hear her here and here.
Using curriculum and discussion outlines from Be the Bridge, we hosted groups for White Bridge Builders and later multiracial Be the Bridge Discussion Groups. The idea behind the White Bridge Builders is to familiarize white allies with terms and concepts necessary to move forward into conversations with people of color. Since racism is a very painful experience, it would be unfair to ask people of color to explain it to white people. In order to avoid causing unnecessary pain, the White Bridge Builders group will use already existing curriculum. An informational session for our first White Bridge Builder discussion group was held on Monday, February 11. The group met each Monday starting February 25 from 6-7 at First Presbyterian Church, 416 West Main Street.
We began working with local schools to encourage more diversity in the curriculum and more discussions about race. As part of the activities in association with the Soil Collection Event, we distributed educational materials from the Equal Justice Initiative to all are middle and high schools.
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