Six Important Words for Our City
“I was taught to fear others.” “I’m brown, therefore I am invisible.” “White by day; Black by night.” “I would have pulled the trigger.” “Cute baby. Where is she from?” “I’m only Asian when it’s convenient.”
These are statements submitted by people from Seattle as part of The Race Card Project (TRCP). Three years ago, Michele Norris, host and special correspondent for NPR, started this national conversation in which participants share their thoughts, experiences and observations about race in one sentence with only six words. Thousands of interesting and thoughtful sentences from around the world are posted on the website.
Norris brings TRCP to Seattle Community Colleges’ 40th Annual Community Celebration to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and his dream of social justice and equity. With business and civic leaders, elected officials and local residents taking part in the conversation, we will get Seattle’s candid views about race and diversity and provide a resource for respectful dialogue that gives life to Dr. King’s dream. The race cards can be used in a variety of ways by HR departments, diversity programs and leadership teams.
Share your six words here.
Join Chancellor Jill Wakefield for this inspiring and thought-provoking program on January 17, noon to 1:30 pm, at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1634 19th Avenue, Seattle. A discussion and Q&A session will begin immediately after the program and last one hour.