Recordings taken during the 2021 Overcoming Racism Conference
held Friday, November 12 through Saturday, November 13
Keynote Presentation Information
Friday 11/12/21 8 a.m. - Noon (Zoom link provided to conference registrants)
Saturday Keynote Information
11/13/21 from 9-11:30 (Zoom link provided to conference registrants)
Presentation Viewing of
PBS American Portrait
"I Rise"(Ep. 4)
Finding Your Voice
Darwin Dyce, Ghent
Within each of us is the power to change the world, but sometimes we don't know where to start. It can be hard to see injustice and not know how to go about fighting that injustice. This session with longtime Marshall activist Darwin Dyce will go through some of the actions you may choose to take to organize in Marshall. The session will explore things like organizing a vigil, writing a press release, and getting the word out!
Black Hair Care and Its Cultural Significance
Joyce "Mama" Tofte, Benson
From cornrows to afros to twist outs and protective styles, black hair has held cultural significance passed down from generation to generation. Joyce Tofte will be exploring historical and modern context that has shaped hair styles over the years and their effects present day.
How to Help Them Hear You: Advocating in the Community
Dr. Shelby Flint, Marshall and St. Paul
Our Healing Journey Towards Racial Equity in Book Clubs: Educating Ourselves and Transforming Our Relationships
Brian-Paco Bertrand, Marshall and Anne Marie Vorbach, Marshall
This workshop is based on our experience in studying Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm by Kazu Haga, the MORE Network’s first book club. We will overview the principles and skills of Kingian non-violence in relation to how they guide us towards Beloved Community and away from replicating racial inequalities. While gathering for a virtual book club, the importance of using restorative practices to ensure that everyone was heard and had a voice was fundamental. The presenters will share personal experiences in this rural book club, as well as how they applied principles in their lives. Educating ourselves was further enhanced by the social interactions in discussions with others, which strengthened concepts by bringing them to light in the communal relationships. Book club helped us examine our struggles with racism both internally and externally.
How do we create safe spaces knowing that people often disengage or ignore difficult topics? As moderators we are intentional about creating safe spaces to foster learning. This presentation will outline how we did this, what we learned, and how it has impacted us in our ongoing healing journey.
Moving Forward: Where Do We Go From Here?
Discussion led by Julie Walker, Marshall
Panel Description: Conversations in dedicated spaces like this conference are very important, but how do we move forward with the knowledge we've shared here? This session is dedicated to having a thoughtful discussion about ongoing actions being taken in Marshall and how we can more intentionally work for social justice.
Note: We did not record this session.