As one of the program managers for CrossTalk DC, I was very encouraged after the Folger’s kick-off event in May. This work– a first for the Folger, takes risk. Building on the success of our forum in May we planned five one-hour events from mid-June to mid-July. Through these CrossTalk DC Conversations, participants were able to engage with each other in dialogue on a variety of topics from Jewish life, Housing covenants, Muslim identity and African American history.
I had the chance to participate in the Conversation on July 1 that featured A.C.T.O.R. (A Continuing Talk On Race) in partnership with the series organizers at Busboys and Poets. This was an open discussion about issues of race moderated by Fahima Patricia Seck, Producer At-large with Pacifica Radio. The panel included: Mimi Michado-Luces, an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, currently working on a series documenting the history of Afro Latinos in the Americas; Netfa Freeman from the Institute for Policy studies (IPS); and Jay Winter Nightwolf (Jay Gola Waya Sunoyi), an Elder of the Echota Cherokee Nation and the executive producer of WPFW’s “Nightwolf: The Most Dangerous Show on the Radio.”
The conversation was real and at times, tough. Most importantly, we all listened to each other and supported one another. One speaker’s son shared his thoughts on the challenges of prejudice. Oh, and I shared it on Twitter.
I hope you’ll join us for our next CrossTalk DC event, a forum at Trinity Washington University that takes place on Wednesday, October 5 from 6:30-8:30pm.