Thought partners and local leaders, Main Street Connect, The Montgomery County Collaboration Council, Donte’s Boxing Foundation and Virtues Matter have come together to create a weekly, virtual four-part series to:
• Affirm that American History is Black History
• Explore the Intersectionality of Disability and Race
• Ignite Action to Make Changes that will have a Lasting Impact
Prior to the series, we encourage participants to engage with materials (including readings, videos and websites) that are related to the topics we will explore. The sessions will not directly address these materials, but reading or viewing one or more of these materials may enrich your experience during the series. CLICK HERE for a list of suggested materials.
For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.
The four-part series is scheduled as follows:
Tuesday, January 19 @ 7:00 PM
Local Black History
What drove us to participate in Conversations Matter? What do we know about racism, Black history and the key moments in our history which formed how we live today? What do we want to learn?
We seek to understand the experience of people of color throughout our local history and how that has shaped where we are today. Elijah Wheeler, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Collaboration Council, leads a panel conversation with Dr. Philip J. Merrill and Shellee Haynesworth.
Tuesday, January 26 @ 7:00 PM
Race X Disability
People of color and people with disabilities are faced with too many similar injustices. Find a person of color who also has disabilities, and we can see that the hurdles and roadblocks they experience are exacerbated.
How can we expand opportunities so we can all achieve our goals, aspirations, and dreams? What can we do to support our peers, loved ones, friends and co-workers with dignity and respect? Tatiana Lee, an actress and Communications Fellow from RespectAbility, and artist and disability champion, Lachi join us for this session.
Tuesday, February 2 @ 5:15 PM
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Davis
In the search for answers, we often find more questions. What can we do? Where can we do it? When should we start? How else can we get involved? Connections made through Conversations Matter can be a resource to propel you to action.
This inspiring session will be led by noted speaker, facilitator, trainer and activist in the areas of diversity, equity, and social justice and Head of School for Sandy Spring Friends School, Rodney Glasgow.
Tuesday, February 9 @ 7:00 PM
Sustain the Change
Our willingness to ask questions and seek answers is a powerful tool in creating and sustaining change. It’s time to debrief, unpack, and use all that energy to power up momentum. We hope you will leave the series as an informed community member and better neighbor with a desire to continue engaging in complex conversations.
These complex conversations that matter will be led by two of our key thought partners, Dara Feldman of Virtues Matter and Donte Brown of Donte’s Boxing & Wellness Foundation. We will also be joined by Barbara Talley, poet, speaker, mindfulness leader and descendent of Harriet Tubman.