Gain Perspective from Dr. Hedy Lemar Walls
With Fourth of July, our nation celebrates freedom. This year the word “freedom” has been discussed even more and what does that mean to each person. After George Floyd’s murder and the ongoing peaceful demonstrations, we heard voices sharing that now is the time to create systems that are fair and just so everyone experiences the freedoms that all of us should have each and every day. Racial inequities and injustices can not be tolerated in our workplaces, homes, neighborhoods or communities.
There is an opportunity for all of us to get more educated and enlightened together through listening and learning. The YMCA Equity Innovation Center is here for you to intentionally engage you in thought-provoking experiences and resources that will expand your knowledge and skills.
Enjoy Enlightening Videos
How we discuss issues of race and racism can be difficult with colleagues, neighbors, family and friends. In the TedTalk, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race, Jay Smooth who is host of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show and acclaimed commentator on politics and culture, shares his insightful and humorous suggestions for expanding our perception of the subject.
Read Noteworthy Books
In A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota edited by Sun Yung Shin, 16 of Minnesota’s best writers provide a range of perspectives on what it is like to live as a person of color in Minnesota. They give readers a splendid gift: the gift of touching another human being’s inner reality, behind masks and veils and politeness. They bring us generously into experiences that we must understand if we are to come together in real relationships.
Strengthen Our Community Together
With your support, the Y is making an impact right now for you and your neighbors. See the many ways in which we are making a difference.
"We’re grieving. We’re fighting for Black life. We’ve been hurt," Christie Marie Owens, a teacher and healer in Minneapolis, tells photographer Nina Robinson, who captured a variety of people in the region who are doing the work to help their communities heal in Healing Justice Practitioners in Minneapolis. Owens adds, “And I hope that everyone does the work they need to do to heal."