Candid Conversations: Living in Color - What Can I Do About Racism? brought together over 300 attendees from all walks of life, ages and races on Monday, February 4th, packing College of Central Florida's Klein Center in seeking to find some common ground and talk about the uncomfortable subject of racism. The result was nothing short of extraordinary!
(Official event video below is edited for time; the rest of the post continues below the video panel.)
Audience members seated at tables of six were asked to share their thoughts after watching the performances. These performances ranged from skits to an original poem. Then conversations began with the people at their table who were deliberately mixed, bringing together people who were unfamiliar with each other.
When the audience was given the opportunity to share their experience of the event, 47 out of 50 tables of participants stood up and shared the powerful and challenging impact of the performances and discussions. They were saying things like, "empowering; eye-opening; inspiring; sense of community; understanding; empathy; being truly heard" and many more. The comment was made several times: 'This was amazing! Let's do this again real soon.'
Ocala-Marion County, we hear you and events are in the works. Months of meetings, planning, and hard work by volunteers and Chain Breakers Working Group members came to a beautiful culmination in this successful event at CF, no small feat with a huge amount of energy and effort. Stay tuned.
We thank our partners and sponsors,College of Central Florida, Ollin Women International, and The Humanists of North Central Florida and many other supporters too numerous to name.
See more pictures from the Candid Conversations event on February 3rd at CF's Klein Center at our Gallery page.