Hi folks - we're moving this meeting to the first Wednesday of the month from November 2019, moving forward. We've been moving the location around each month - we'll update the invite each month with the location prior to the meeting each month.
RACE TALKS and RACE TALKS 2 host presentations on historical and current topics of ethnicity and race in Oregon. Speakers include survivors of racism and others who have knowledge of the topic, and provide an opportunity to learn our forgotten and hidden history. Attendees of all ages participate in small groups conversations facilitated by individuals trained to lead interracial / intercultural discussions about race. For many, this is a new experience and causes life-changing breakthroughs in their personal and professional relationships. Over 13,000 participants have attended Race Talks.
The rumblings for RACE TALKS started in 2005 when Portland Public Schools introduced to study groups to the book Courageous Conversations About Race, which helped produce amazingly open conversations about race, class, and white privilege. As one of the Beacon School Facilitators, Donna Maxey knew that this model needed to be shared with the general public. The urgency to start talking now was furthered by this factoid: by 2040 there will be more people of color in the United States than white people. With the help of Tim Hills, McMenaminshistorian, and Macceo Pettis, founder of UUR, Uniting to Understand Racism, Race Talks emerged in February 2011.