To increase awareness of race and race related issues in Frankfort and Franklin County to affect positive change within individuals, between individuals, and at institutions.
Our primary method of achieving our mission is to encourage open honest
face to face conversations about race and race related issues.
A C.A.R.E. is a tool.
This tool can be used by the members of FORR: Frankfort for the following:
“C” – Condition that exists
at a given time
in our community
“A” – Action you took or plan to
take to address existing
“R” – Results of the action taken
“E” – Evaluation of results
What is the context for the C.A.R.E. program?
In America, the dominant race and culture are white. This means that the experiences and needs of non-white people are often ignored by those in power and unseen by a majority of white people.
People of color often do not feel comfortable in white dominated spaces such as work places, schools, financial institutions,
and medical offices.
How are we using the C.A.R.E. concept?
We have initiated several C.A.R.E. projects aimed at pairing groups of like context (i.e. comfort zones) for the purpose of
holding open, honest,
face to face conversations on race relations in our community.
Below is a list of past and present C.A.R.E. projects.
Come to our meetings - 2nd Mondays, every month , 5:00 p.m. at the KSU Alumni House.
Directions: From East Main, turn onto Douglas. Turn at the first left. The KSU Alumni House will be on your right, across from the Bradford Hall parking lot. On the KSU campus map, Bradford Hall is #23, with parking on the right.
The Alumni House is not numbered on the map.
Send ideas or questions to FORR: Frankfort, Post Office Box 973, Frankfort KY 40602
We will sponsor a Seeing White podcast discussion group with Frankfort Anti-Racism Advocates. We are working with local ministers to develop conversations about race in and between churches.
In partnership with Together Frankfort, we will sponsor a forum in the spring to allow residents to hear where local candidates stand on race related issues.
In partnership with Kentucky State University, we will help pair local community members with KSU students for meals and conversation.
In partnership with KY Protection & Advocacy, we are working to develop a parent advocacy training this spring. In partnership with the Kentucky Historical Society, with support from the Kentucky Storytelling Association, we are creating professional development programs for teachers.
FORR is partnering with Josephine Sculpture Park to celebrate this important date in history with community wide discussions and a celebration at JSP on June 19, 2020.
We are partnering with the Equal Justice Initiative to memorialize local lynching victims with the installation of a permanent historic marker.
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.
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 will meet each Monday starting February 25 from 6-7 at First Presbyterian Church, 416 West Main Street.
Working with the Equal Justice Initiative we commemorated lynching victims from Franklin County through educational displays and a community-wide event in August 2019. See the Events page for details.
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.
Visit our K-12 Educators Resource Page.
In 2018 FORR: Frankfort held two candidate forums on race relations which were well attended by candidates and constituents. These forums gave candidates the opportunity to share their current understanding of racism and privilege. This also served to start a community dialogue about these issues and how they play out locally. One of the things that we learned is that there are gaps between those who are on the receiving end of racism and those who are privileged enough to go through life unaware of the racism around them. FORR: Frankfort held these forums with the goal of helping the community begin building the tools to begin bridging these gaps.