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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.

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 learning circles - 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.  The next cycle will launch in spring 2021.  Please use the form below to sign-up:

How to sustain the momentum

Have you participated in a Watch Group or attend an America to Me event? 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