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Be Courageous

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?

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.

Curious about your own racial literacy? And how it impacts your ability to identify and address racial inequity in our town? Join the America to Me: Real Talk Montclair project.

Did you participate in the spring 2020 Watch Groups or attend the June 14th event, and want to keep going?

We have put together some ways you can sustain your momentum - websites, books, videos, and actions - for people who are beginning the journey of anti-racist work, want to extend the conversation within their communities, and are eager to explore actions they can take.  

Join the community-wide watch of the documentary series, America to Me.

In fall 2020, the project will host Watch Group Leader trainings, Watch Groups, and a one-time screening.  See below for more details, and click here to sign-up to receive notice when the fall program launches. 

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!

How to participate in the conversation:

The Launch

At a community-wide launch, we set the stage with speakers, introduced our talented facilitators, viewed select clips from the films, and provided information for those interested in becoming Watch Group Leaders.

Become a Watch Group Leader

It’s kinda like being a book club leader - but with a film instead. You’ll participate in 4 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.

Join a Watch Group

Can’t lead a Watch Group, but still want to be part of one? Sign up, and we will connect you to a Watch Group.

Attend a 2-hour Condensed Screening and Discussion

Can’t commit to a Watch Group, but still want to be part of the process? Sign up to get information on a 2-hour screening and facilitated discussion.

The Closing

Join us 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, (973) 509-4021

Watch the 'America to Me' Trailer