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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.


The fall program launched on September 30th with an event featuring Dr. R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy, Associate Professor of Sociology of Education at New York University and author of Inequality in the Promised Land: Race, Resources, and Suburban Schooling. Dr. Lewis's scholarship focuses on issues of race and equity in predominantly white communities. He spoke with Genesis Whitlock, Montclair High School student and activist who helped organize the Student Unity Walk that drew thousands to march in support of Black Lives Matter and to support their demands for change in the Montclair Public Schools.  

A recording of the conversation will be posted. 

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

Become part of this unique project!  America to Me Watch Groups are like guided book clubs - in small groups with a trained leader, Montclairians watch a documentary and support each other while they learn more about race and develop their own racial literacy.  What makes this project unique? 

  • Community-members lead the groups after going through a training custom-designed and led by professors at Montclair State University 
  • Groups watch the America to Me documentary, which examines racial inequities through the eyes of teens in a Chicago suburban high school that looks and feels a lot like Montclair High

Watch Groups are small and can be a collection of friends, neighbors, or colleagues. The groups create space for individuals to explore and advance their own racial literacy  Fall Watch Groups will run between October 10 and December 13, 2020. If you would like to join a fall Watch Group, contact us by October 19, 2020, at dory@mfee.org.

How to participate in the conversation:

Join a Watch Group

Joining a Watch Group is a unique experience to develop your own racial literacy in a supported and collaborative setting.  As a Watch Group member, you will watch the film series on your own, and participate in 3-5 group meetings.  Watch Groups will launch in October, and conclude by mid-December. You can join the Watch Group of someone you know, or you can be matched with other community members. 

Questions? Check out our FAQs. Still have questions? Contact MFEE at info@mfee.org, (973) 509-4021


For spring  and summer 2020 participants: How to sustain the momentum

Did you participate in the spring or summer 2020 Watch Groups or attend the June 14th event, and want to keep going? Sustain your momentum  - we have a list of websites, podcasts, books, videos, and actions for anyone who is beginning the journey of anti-racist work, wants to extend the conversation within their communities, and is eager to explore actions they can take.

Watch the 'America to Me' Trailer