Activities for Individuals

Healing Roots facilitates a discussion every month for our Learning Community at the Midtown Global Market in South Minneapolis at 920 East Lake Street. Participants at each meeting pick the topic and the date for the next meeting. (We have found that choosing one regular day of the week always leaves someone out, so the day of the week varies.) Everyone is welcome. For some topics, we invite people to do some research beforehand to share, but that is not a prerequisite. There is no charge for attending.

We choose topics on modern European American culture or whiteness, particularly to build our skills at facilitating discussions and educating others about what needs to be transformed for an equitable, just, and healthy society, We may also choose topics to learn about our root cultures and draw resources from them to replace whiteness, for health and healing, and to add richness and meaning to our lives.

European American Learning Community

Topic for Discussion: 1619 Project: The Legacy of Slavery on Capitalism, Democracy, and Sugar in the U.S.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, we are postponing our next discussion until April

Monday, April 20, 2020
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Location: TBD (If it is still not safe to meet in person, we will hold an on-line discussion using Zoom. Email Janice at if you would like to receive an invitation.)

"The 1619 Project is an ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative."
From the New York Times 1619 webpage

We will discuss three short articles that are part of the 1619 Project:

"Capitalism," by Matthew Desmond

"Undemocratic Democracy," by Janelle Bouie

"Sugar," by Khalil Gibran Muhammad

We hope you can read these before you come, but we will present short summaries, so come even if you haven't read them,

NYTimes 1619 Project Website

We hope you'll join us!

European American Identity and Culture Workshop

The workshop scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020, at the Baha'i Center, 3644 Chicago Ave. in Minneapolis has been cancelled. The Baha'i Center is closed until at least the end of April.

We will schedule another workshop when it is safe to gather together again. Stay safe!

Cost $50

Scholarships are available

In this 6 hour workshop, we explore whiteness, modern European American culture, and our root cultures as dimensions of our identity.

We ask such questions as:

  • What are the characteristics of European American culture?
  • What is a healthy cultural identity? How does knowledge of your culture inform your work in communities of many cultures?
  • How does knowledge of your culture help you to be in healthy relationship to those of other cultures?

Contact Janice Barbee at janicegwb("at") with questions or if you want to be added to the email list. (To combat robot spam, the @ has been replaced with ("at").