Race. Conversation. Honesty. Action.
In our community, many of us pride ourselves in valuing diversity and promoting racial equity.
- 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.
“It is about having conversations that we know need to happen, but aren’t.”
- Learning Circle Member, Fall 2020
Sign-up to join a group of 6-10 other community members in a small Learning Circle on Race. Each Learning Circle is guided by two Facilitators who have gone through a custom training for this program. The Facilitators aren't necessarily experts, academics, or have special prior knowledge about race and equity. They are community members who, like you, are willing to lend their time, energy, and action to seed real change that comes from personal learning, reflection, and conversation.
Schedule: Learning Circles will meet 5 times between April 15th and June 13th (with most starting after April 23rd). Each meeting is 2 hours long. There will be a community-wide event the week of June 13th (more details to come). Learning Circles will use Zoom or a similar platform to meet.
After the sign-up window is closed, your Faciliators will contact you and the rest of your Learning Circle to arrange the meeting schedule and exchange contact info. If you are not able to work with your Learning Circle's schedule, we will do our best to find you a new Circle if there are still spots available.
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