Race. Conversation. Honesty. Action.
We Montclairians pride ourselves in valuing diversity and promoting racial integration.
• But how racially literate are we?
• Have we grown complacent about racism in Montclair?
• Are our past successes getting in the way of real change to address persistent racial inequality in our town?
Curious about your own racial literacy? And how it impacts your ability to identify and address racial inequity in our town? Join the community-wide watch of the documentary series, America to Me.
The series examines racial inequities through the eyes of teens in a Chicago suburban high school that looks and feels a lot like Montclair High. The community-wide watch series will operate like a community read - but with a film instead of a book!
Think Montclair is immune from racism? Think again.
Racism is pervasive and insidious. Even in Montclair. It negatively impacts economic prosperity, educational outcomes, and quality of life. But we can do better. It starts with real talk. That leads to real understanding. That sparks real change.
How to participate in the conversation:
Join us for the community-wide launch on Sunday March 1st, 2020 from 2 - 5pm. We’ll set the stage with an engaging speaker, introduce our talented facilitators, view select clips from the films, and provide information for those interested in becoming Watch Group Leaders.
It’s kinda like being a book club leader - but with a film instead. You’ll participate in 3 trainings with expert facilitators who will prepare you before you start your watch groups, and they’ll provide support along the way. This is an ideal experience for those interested in learning a little more about race and doing/leading a little self-discovery. You choose the people you invite to your group, set your meeting dates and document the group’s learning to share at the closing event.
Can’t lead a Watch Group, but still want to be part of one? Sign up HERE by filling out a short questionnaire, and we will provide you with contact information for Watch Groups.
Can’t commit to a Watch Group, but still want to be part of the process? Sign up HERE to get information on a 2-hour screening and facilitated discussion.
Join us on Sunday May 31st, 2020 for the closing event where we’ll hear from series subjects from the documentary, share takeaways and lessons learned from our Watch Groups, and explore a menu of next steps.
Questions? Check out our FAQs. Still have questions? Contact MFEE at email@example.com, (973) 509-4021
Watch the 'America to Me' Trailer