Confronting Our Racism: A Community Conversation
A Cooperative Effort by the UUCBV MSJE, BVAAM, BC/S Public Libraries, BV BLM Group, TAMU Faculty and Concerned Citizens.
As we consider our move from College Station to Bryan, we realize that we have concerns about the plight of communities of color in our new neighborhood and our ability, as a church, to form deep community connections in order to have a mutually positive impact. With this in mind, I contacted Wayne Sadberry, Curator of the Brazos Valley African American Museum (BVAAM) and we began working on a proposal, “Confronting Our Racism: A Community Conversation,” that we hope will open up conversations about racism in the community. The proposal is based on a template that another UU congregation, San Gabriel UU in Georgetown, used to stage community readings in Georgetown, TX in August 2020. They had over 270 participants from the community. We have since begun discussions with the BVAAM and UUCBV Boards of Trustees, Brazos Valley Black Lives Matter (BLM) Group, TAMU faculty including Prof. Joe Feagin, Directors of the Bryan and College Station Library Systems and other concerned citizens; all groups involved are very enthusiastic about our proposal to open up discussions about race.
Since the end of November, the Confronting Our Racism Advisor Group has met every two to four weeks. We are now working out the details for having a community read and community showing of "The Hate U Give" followed by a panel discussion with break out rooms for smaller discussions a week or two after the group showing.
Anyone interested joining in on the discussion may join in via ZOOM
Wednesday, January 13th at 6:30 PM.
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Meeting ID: 897 5167 9554
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We believe that by opening up conversations about racism in the BC/S community, we will improve community relations and educate and enlighten a large number of people. We hope that you will be as enthusiastic as we are and strongly consider participating and guiding us in this program.