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The Conversation Continues

About Our Conversations Series

We believe that meaningful conversations are a powerful tool in the work against inequality.

In January and February 2021, Main Street Connect, Montgomery County Collaboration Council, Donte’s Boxing & Wellness Foundation and Virtues Matter came together for Conversations Matter, a free, weekly, virtual, four-part series to:

  • Affirm that American history is Black history and that Black history is American history
  • Explore the intersectionality of disability and race
  • Ignite action to make changes that will have a lasting impact

We followed up in November 2022 with The Conversation Continues. During this event, Dr. Rodney Glasgow, Head of Sandy Spring Friends School and President of The Glasgow Group, led a discussion on the topic of allyship with marginalized groups.

Main Street aims to continue to provide opportunities for conversations on critical topics with the goal of building a more equitable society.

The Conversation Continues

Thursday, November 3, 2022
What Does It Mean to Be an Ally?

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Slides from Dr. Rodney Glasgow

A prominent theme from Conversations Matter was allyship. The Conversation Continues expanded on this theme and asked the questions: “What does allyship look like?” and “How can we best be allies and create more seats at the table?” The conversation was led by Dr. Rodney Glasgow, Head of Sandy Spring Friends School, President of The Glasgow Group and a noted educator, speaker, facilitator, trainer and activist in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. This program was made possible by the generous support from the Metro Bethesda Rotary Club.

Key Partners:

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Conversations Matter

Session Details:

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Local Black History

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Slides from Shellee Haynesworth

Slides from Philip J. Merrill

What drove us to participate in the Conversations Matter series? What do we know about racism, Black history and the key moments in our history which formed how we live today? What do we want to learn?

We seek to understand the experience of people of color throughout our local history and how that has shaped where we are today. Elijah Wheeler, Executive Director of the Montgomery County Collaboration Council, leads a panel conversation with Dr. Philip J. Merrill and Shellee Haynesworth.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Race X Disability

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People of color and people with disabilities are faced with too many similar injustices. Find a person of color who also has disabilities, and we can see that the hurdles and roadblocks they experience are exacerbated.

How can we expand opportunities so we can all achieve our goals, aspirations, and dreams? What can we do to support our peers, loved ones, friends and co-workers with dignity and respect? Joining us for this session are Tatiana Lee, an actress, model and Hollywood Inclusion Associate at RespectAbility, and Lachi, a performing artist, disability champion and speaker with RespectAbility’s Disability Speakers Bureau.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Taking Action

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Slides from Rodney Glasgow

“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” – Angela Davis

In the search for answers, we often find more questions. What can we do? Where can we do it? When should we start? How else can we get involved? Connections made through Conversations Matter can be a resource to propel you to action.

This inspiring session will be led by noted speaker, facilitator, trainer and activist in the areas of diversity, equity, and social justice and Head of School for Sandy Spring Friends School, Rodney Glasgow.

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Sustain the Change

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Our willingness to ask questions and seek answers is a powerful tool in creating and sustaining change. It’s time to debrief, unpack and use all that energy to power up momentum. We hope you will leave the series as an informed community member and better neighbor with a desire to continue engaging in complex conversations.

These complex conversations that matter will be led by two of our key thought partners, Dara Feldman of Virtues Matter and Donte Brown of Donte’s Boxing & Wellness Foundation. We will also be joined by Barbara Talley, poet, speaker, mindfulness leader and relative of Harriet Tubman.


Please follow these links for resources (including readings, videos and websites) related to the topics of the Conversations series:

Key Partners:

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Montgomery County Collaboration Council

Conversations Matter is made possible in part by the generosity and support of Maryland Humanities and an anonymous donor.
See press release for the event here.