RTOR presents: Black Atlantic
African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross
September 14, 2019
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Real Talk on Race evolved from a previous initiative called “RACIAL TABOO” which involved the showing of a film by the same name, followed immediately by small group conversation and continuing with additional regular small group conversations. The basic premise for “Racial Taboo” is that because talking about race is so difficult and painful, it is a topic that is avoided, but that needs to be embraced.
RTOR returns to the idea of gathering together to experience and discuss a film centered on the topic and history of race in our country. The hope being that through joint experience and review we can open the doors to communication, understanding and healing. Doors will open at 2:00 with light refreshments available. After the film, participants can join smaller groups for more intimate conversations, then everyone will reconvene in the Madden to share highlights from those discussions.
Real Talk on Race is about having meaningful conversations about race, which can be further defined as conversations in which we develop the skills to listen honestly and respectfully and to speak honestly and respectfully. And by this process continue to learn to see each other as human beings, which is a necessary part of finding permanent solutions to the pain, injustice and trauma related to race.