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Virtual Dialogue Series November 2020-JUNE 2021

Application deadline September 15, 2020
Cohort Selected in EARLY OCTOBER
$300 individual • $250 museum Member • $500 Corporation  
Fees Due October 21, 2020*


Equity, equality, racism, prejudice, bias, justice...

Each of these words carry incredible weight and in some instances, guilt and pain.  Each of these words have a history and each of us have a relationship with these words.  While some find it very easy to discuss these concepts, others are put on guard when these words and concepts become the topic of discussion.  Most, however, recognize that if we are to make a breakthrough for our communities to be effective and thrive for ALL residents, we must deal with these words.

The National Civil Rights Museum's “Unpacking Racism for Action” involves 7 monthly virtual dialogue sessions that drill down on the issues of implicit bias, structural and institutional racism.  The objectives of the series are:

  • Increase awareness and knowledge of the many manifestations of racism.
  • Build skills and nurture willingness to confront issues of racism as they arise in personal and professional settings.
  • Co-create a supportive and accountable community for ongoing learning and action.

This professionally facilitated series covers the following:

  • Staying at the Table
  • The Multiple Manifestations of Racism
  • Calling People In
  • The Need for Multiple Conversations on Race
  • Racial Equity
  • What Now?

The online sessions are held mostly on 2nd Tuesdays from November 2020 - June 2021. The time for each session is 6:00-8:00pm Central.  

Participants are required to attend at least 6 of the 7 sessions. Following are session dates including one alternate date held at moderator's discretion (in case a make-up session is necessary).

  • November 10, 2020
  • December 1, 2020
  • January 12, 2021
  • February 9, 2021
  • March 9, 2021
  • April 13, 2021
  • May 11, 2021
  • June 8, 2021

Selected participants are required to pay the fee by October 15, 2020.

*There is a  limited number of scholarship opportunities available for those who may be experiencing financial hardships but would like to participate in the class. 

For more information, contact vajamu@civilrightsmuseum.org.


Testimonials from Past dialogue sessions

Participating in the Unpacking Racism cohort was a powerful eye opening experience. The healthy tension, honest discussions, insights from Inca Mohamed and the other participants were enlightening. I used several of the resources with young people that I worked with in a summer program. I wanted to share what impacted me with a different generation and it was well received. To sum up the experience in two words -thought provoking!!!

Roniece N. Gilkey, Program Director/Historian

The NCRM sponsored class - Unpacking Racism for Action - accelerated for me the sense of urgency for our nation's long history of historical and institutional racism to be understood and adequately addressed.  The class instruction and home work provided the "choir" with a stronger voice with which to share these truths to others in our networks and beyond.  The class facilitator - by any measure - absolutely could not have been better!

Kate Spurlock, Deputy Director, The Urban Child Institute

As a person of color I thought I knew everything I needed to know about racism. This series of discussions helped me realize that I too have much to learn. The dialogue and material used during this session has opened my eyes in so many ways. It has helped me to be more engaged at work and in personal situations when these racist undertones present themselves. I am thankful for having been chosen to participate in this unique opportunity.

Genarda Wright, Director, ALSAC


Limited Scholarships

*If you are interested in applying for a scholarship for the 2020-2021 Unpacking Racism for Action cohort, click below.

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