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
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Midtown Global Market
920 East Lake Street, Minneapolis
Market Community Room
We will meet in the lower level in the community room next to the Market Office. Take the double doors to the left of the Hennepin County Service Center that have the Market Office sign above them. Go down a long orange and green hallway, through another set of doors, jog a bit to the left, continue straight and see a sign for the community room to the left.
Come to discuss the article by Nikole Hannah-Jones on the 1619 Project.
"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 encourage you read the introductory article beforehand, but we will also have a handout of quotes from the article to help with the discussion. There are also several articles and podcasts that you can read or listen to here:
We hope you'll join us!
European American Identity and Culture Workshop
The next workshop will be held on a Saturday in April 2020. Check back soon for more information.
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?
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