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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.