What do activists need to know about racism? How does racism impact you and/or your organization? What does it mean to be an ally? To be woke? Why are so many activist spaces so white? How do blame, shame and guilt get in the way of transformation? Come explore these questions with other activists in this interactive workshop, and come away with concrete ideas about ways to make your life more racially inclusive.
You are invited to listen in and then ask questions when this biracial pair talks about their 30+ year friendship. Honest about shared joys, hard patches, and difficult moments, Dr. Tatum and Dr. Ayvazian will discuss what has kept them close over many decades in the face of unexpected challenges, frank conversations about race, and the pain of pervasive racism all around them. Come with an open heart and open mind – ready to listen and share.
Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA, and author of the bestselling book Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria and Other Conversations About Race. In 2014, Dr. Tatum received the Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contribution to Psychology, the highest honor presented by the American Psychological Association.
Rev. Dr. Andrea Ayvazian is a life-long activist for peace, social, and economic justice, Founder and Director of the Sojourner Truth School for Social Change Leadership, and a member of the Ministerial Team of the Alden Baptist Church in Springfield, MA.