Towards Beloved Community

As a majority white organizing team creating a multi-cultural event on the campus of an HBCU, we have accepted the sacred charge to recognize and dismantle racism in ourselves, our festival team and the spaces we create. We’re hosting a conversation at the festival called Towards Beloved Community: Connection & Accountability in Healing Racism - and this conversation is so important, we'd like to invite you to get started early.

bell hooks says "If we want a beloved community, we must stand for justice, have recognition for difference without attaching difference to privilege." Part of this means that people who occupy places of privilege in our society have a responsibility to reflect on and dismantle the ways in which we perpetuate racism. Join us in this sacred task. On March 14th, at 7PM CST, we’re hosting a conference called facilitated by Micky ScottBey Jones and K. Stellar Dutcher, the festival MCs. During this call we’ll explore some basic white cultural norms and our relationship to them, learn more about how we unconsciously perpetuate racism and the harm it causes both ourselves and others, and lay some basic groundwork for engaging as an ally or accomplice in racial justice work. We will do this through lenses of compassion, connection, love, and the spirit of healing. If you are new to multiracial spaces, or if you are curious about why this call is necessary, we especially invite you to join us.

Information on the Zoom call is below. If you’d like to begin or continue your journey with this work right now, you can peruse our handouts on white culture and microaggressions, or read Micky’s beautiful poem Invitation to Brave Space. For more information on the call or these topics, you can email stellar@newstoryfestival.com.
 

Towards Beloved Community Conversation

Time: Mar 14, 2019 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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