Last Updated on September 19, 2021

multiracial awareness group

Friday, 9/24/21, 10-12, Auditorium. General Monthly Meeting (New location)
Friday, 10/8/21, 10-12, Gallery in CTS. General Monthly Meeting
Friday, 10/22/21, 10-11:30, CTS 216. Book Study Group. *New Program
Friday, 11/12/21, 10-12, Gallery in CTS. General Monthly Meeting
Friday, 11/26/21 or date TBD. Book Study Group

The “Multiracial Awareness Discussion Group” provides an opportunity for residents who are concerned with race relations and racial justice to study and discuss the history and current issues of racism in our country. We have been meeting monthly for the past three years. The educational programs are planned by a committee of black and white residents. We welcome anyone to participate who shares our concern for racial justice and equity.

Our programs for the coming year are beginning again. We will explore the theme of “Creating a Common Memory.” It will give us an opportunity to learn about and discuss the history of our country, which we may not have learned in school. To better understand the racial disparities that exist today in wealth, health, housing and education it is helpful to study the founding documents, policies, laws and events which contribute to the racial issues we are facing today.

On Friday, September 24, 2021 at 10:00 am, we will gather in the Auditorium to watch a video about our history from the “Doctrine of Discovery” through western expansion. This will be followed by small group discussions. Our programs will continue monthly on the second Friday mornings. (No sign-up required.)

*New program: “Become Antiracist: Book Discussion and Action” is an additional monthly meeting for those interested in an in-depth study, discussion and action group using three current books: How to be an Antiracist, (Ibram X. Kendi,) So You Want to Talk About Race, (Ijeoma Oluo) and Waking Up White, (Debby Irving.). This will be a small (limit !0) group to facilitate personal discovery and sharing. (Sign up required.) Participants will be asked to commit to trying to attend all 6 monthly sessions, do the assigned reading and explore a personal antiracist action each month.

The books are available from the Baltimore County Library and the program handouts will have excerpts if participants do not wish to read the assigned chapters. The anticipated time commitment for homework is a minimum of 15-30 minutes to read only the excerpts and discussion questions Further reading and contemplation of the questions will be individual choice. The first meeting is Friday, October 22, 2021, 10-12 in CTS 216. Subsequent meetings will occur monthly.

To sign up for this Book Study Group or for more information, email or call Lois Schmidt or Joan Green, co-facilitators for the planning committee. Contact information can be found in the Resident Directory, available online in MyErickson.

We look forward to learning with each other and sharing concerns and experiences as we strive for a more equitable society.