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Be Courageous

Race. Conversation. Honesty. Action.

MFEE has rebranded and revisioned our America to Me: Real Talk Montclair to Montclair Community Learning Circles on Race, and we invite you to join as Learning Circle member or facilitator. Click here to learn more and to sign up: http://bit.ly/Learning_Circle_signup

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

Join the Montclair Community Learning Circles on Race. Guided by a trained community member, and using the documentary film America to Me, podcasts, and other media as common texts, Learning Circle members explore their individual understanding of racism and identify opportunities for personal and community accountability.  

Click here to learn more and to sign up: http://bit.ly/Learning_Circle_signup


About the Montclair Community Learning Circles on Race

Beginning in May, groups of 6-10 community members will meet (virtually) over the course of 5 weeks, led by a trained community member. Learning Circle members will explore their individual understandings of racism and identify opportunities for personal and community accountability.  

"We live here. We can sit on the sidelines and be bothered, or we can be on the court and play the game."

- Learning Circle Facilitator

Become a member of a Learning Circle on Race

Sign-up to join a group of 6-10 other community members in a small Learning Circle on Race.  You will have the opportunity to select a Learning Circle on Race that works with your schedule and interests. Click here to learn more and to sign up: http://bit.ly/Learning_Circle_signup

Become a facilitator of a Learning Circle on Race

Learning Circle Facilitators are the hub of these community conversations.  As a facilitator, you will go through training sessions and become part of a cohort with other 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. After the training, you will be partnered with another facilitator to co-facililate a Learning Circle on Race. (You are welcome sign up with a friend you would like to co-facilitate with.)

You do not need any prior knowledge or experience to be a Facilitator.  What you need are:

  • The belief you have more to learn about yourself and race.
  • The desire to be in community with others to do this work.
  • The willingness to be tolerant of other people’s vulnerability as they are learning and exploring their own racial literacy.

Click here to learn more and to sign up: http://bit.ly/Learning_Circle_signup


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