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Beyond Vietnam – 50 Years Later

April 4th was the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” sermon which was delivered at Riverside Church in New York City. It was delivered at a time when the country was perhaps more divided than any time since the Civil War. We face a similar division today. In our April meeting we will review, discuss, and unpack this powerful address.
Dr. King talked about the triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism. You are invited to join us as we identify the ways these giant triplets are at work today and how this sermon remains relevant after 50 years has passed.
We invite you to read or listen to the full sermon at: http://kingencyclopedia.stanford.edu/encyclopedia/documentsentry/doc_beyond_vietnam/. Also, attached to this message is a summary and review of his ideas, “Beyond ‘I Have a Dream’”.

The Spiritual and Psychological Impacts of Racism

On September 16th a panel discussion on “The Spiritual and Psychological Impacts of Racism” was held in Boulder. Three of the five panelists are regular members of the Second Tuesday Race Forum discussions: Dr. Bob Atwell, Norma Johnson, and Holly Fulton. The other panelists were Kenny Wiley and Dr. Deb Piranian. Several days before the panelists talked about this topic on a KGNU radio interview.

To listen to this thoughtful and insightful interview go to http://news.kgnu.org/2015/09/the-spiritual-and-psychological-impacts-of-racism/

You can find more information about this panel event, and other events in the series by clicking on the link below:

Radio panel flyer

'Race' Helps History Colorado Start A Hard Conversation

By Carrie Saldo

why talk about race

One of many questions posed by the exhibit 'Race: Are We So Different?'

Carrie Saldo Arts District

 

Fuzzy Logic is a subset of quantum physics that dismisses binaries – black or white – and instead places a premium on the shades in between. Having devoted much of the past two decades to improving race relations that reasoning speaks to Harold Fields, host of the Second Tuesday Race Forum.

"There are social differences that become invisible and unknown to those who don't have to deal with it," Fields said.

Since 1997, the Second Tuesday Race Forum has been a place for people of all races to share their experiences and discuss the fuzzy logic that surrounds the concept of race. That experience will guide Fields as he moderates What Does the Science Say? for History Colorado, the first in a series of events tied to the museum's hosting of the nationally travelling exhibit RACE: Are We So Different?

 

"We are, as a species, much more similar than members of other species," Kathryn Hill, History Colorado Chief Operation Officer observed. "We come from a common ancestor."

The exhibit uses biological, cultural and historical evidence to explore race – one of the most divisive facets of American society – and presents facts often glossed over by revisionist history.

"I believe that [museums] are trusted gathering places for people to look at … the successful parts, but also the really difficult parts of human history," Hill said. "And to think about those stories, and to think about our stories relative to theirs and to imagine ways that we're going to, as individuals, and as communities, build a better world."

Questions posed within the exhibit encourage patrons to consider and share their beliefs on a number of race-related issues.

One interactive display plays a variety of male and female voices on a loop. It challenges patrons to match those voices to faces displayed screen.

A three-ringed binder with note cards rests on another display.

"If you want a Native American 'mascot' to represent your school, base the mascot on the real history of the tribe in your area," wrote one patron anonymously responding to the use of "Indians" as sports mascots.

As a white woman, Hill said she has the privilege of living her daily life differently than a person of color - without considering her race.

"How wealth has been accumulated, how people have been educated in this country, how we congregate socially, all of those things are profoundly rooted in race," Hill said.

It is her hope that the exhibit becomes an entry point for broader community discussion about race. That's why the museum is hosting several events, such as the discussion forum Harold Fields' is slated to moderate.

Taking stock of history, Fields said it could seem only small steps have been made toward a more equal America.

150 years after slavery and 60 years beyond the civil rights movement, race-related violence persists. One African-American and no women have been elected to the highest offices in the land.

Fields said he embraces those facts as a key to moving forward.

"We need to challenge ourselves to see those things, learning more about things hidden in plain sight," Fields said. "I like to take the word impossible – the letters right in front of you – change that to 'I'm possible.' It's the same letters but a whole other way of looking at it."

Arts District is a collaboration of KUNC, RMPBS, and KUVO.

Here is a link to the webpage for this Arts District radio Promotion. In includes an audio recording of the Arts Dirstrict promotion:

 http://www.kunc.org/post/race-helps-history-colorado-start-hard-conversation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Noj2nGx2jNg&feature=youtu.be

 

The Second Tuesday Race Forum is a place to learn about Race in our lives through monthly conversations about Race. Look at the pictures from our meetings and have a look around the site; at About Us, at the Blog and the Resources Pages.

We are always open to new members. Go to our Contact page to see how you can join us by trying out a meeting or by signing up for our email list.

Talking about Race can be a scary thing. We can't promise you will always be comfortable, but we can say that you will be safe from harm.  You can get some reassurance for your first visit by visiting our Guidelines for Effective Community Engagement Page

 

Second Tuesday Race Forum by donnie betts -- for the History Colorado Center

The video below was made by donnie betts  in 1914, to show in the exhibit on Race at the History Colorado Center. It is an 11 minute condensation of a one hour meeting.  It has some great lessons, and will help give you an idea of what our meetings are like.