Grace and Race Ministries, Inc. is pleased to share this announcement of an upcoming event to promote Racial Awareness and help equip those who desire to become actively engaged in anti-racism efforts to help heal our nation. This Festival will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10 am – 5pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I Street SW, Washington, DC.
Racial Awareness 2017: A Mini-Festival of the Arts, Awareness, and Healing intends to help people of goodwill reflect on the remaining reality of racism in our society through media, rhythm, and practical exposure through experiential workshops in both African-American and white caucuses, as well as multiracial spaces, opening awareness of privilege and supremacy, and healing years of unresolved trauma.
This festival is not for those who wish to gather information without an urgent need to change! Americans continue to debate the shape and extent of racism in society. Yet shootings of unarmed African-Americans, disproportional incarceration and poverty rates, and a continuing list of disparities remind us as the Church and as citizens that the U.S. must continue to press ahead with addressing issues of racism and white supremacy. Politicians are promoting bigoted ideas and organizations. Many whites have watched the crisis unfold and have said, “I didn’t know that was still happening… What can I do?” Because so many people remain to be reached, we are organizing a second Racial Awareness Festival in 2017. Our long-term goal is to make this an annual event with festivals addressing racial awareness and healing nationwide. Month by month, interest grows in the project.