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What Does Being An Ally Look Like? A Conversation with Shanterra McBride and Rosalind Wiseman
June 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDTFREE
Are you Ok? Can I send you flowers? Can I make you a meal?
These all seem like such nice things to say. Words of condolence.
But those well-intentioned words often come across differently to your Black friends when we are reckoning with racism in the United States as most of us have not seen in our lifetime. It puts them in the position of feeling they have to take care of you.
Why are we talking about this? We are two women who for over two decades have worked to give young people a voice and worked within institutions to challenge systems of oppression. Sometimes side by side, sometimes apart, always supportive.
We are two women who know how important it is for women to trust and support each other while at the same time we acknowledge the legacy of racism that includes White women’s participation in Black people’s oppression to this day.
In this live conversation, we will discuss:
- How to have hard conversations about race and privilege
- How the history of Black women’s anger is used to derail conversations between women that could otherwise be really productive
- How to hold space for someone when you can’t relate to their experience or you have little to no education on having these conversations
- How to participate in anti-racist work authentically when the media stops talking about it
Bring your questions! We will open up for Q&A at the end. And a recording will be sent out after.
SHANTERRA MCBRIDE is an author, coach, educator and speaker. As founder of MARVELOUS UNIVERSITY, she offers life coaching and success planning for young people, specializing in leadership development for girls and young women. Shanterra was awarded the Profiles in Leadership Award from SMU for having made a significant impact on the city of Dallas and on the quality of life for girls and women globally. Shanterra has travelled to Morocco, Peru, and South Africa where she delivered workshops on girls’ empowerment issues, gender-based violence, and anti-bullying. Her purpose in life, which is to Mend, Motivate and Empower people, young and young at heart, to believe they are completely MARVELOUS.
From where we learn to where we work, Rosalind Wiseman fosters civil dialogue and inspires communities to build strength, courage and purpose. She is the co-founder of Cultures of Dignity; an organization that shifts the way communities think about our physical and emotional wellbeing by working in close partnership with the experts of those communities–young people, educators, policy makers, and business and political leaders. A multiple New York Times best selling author including Queen Bees and Wannabes that was made into the movie and musical Mean Girls, a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post and other publications and international speaker, she lives in Boulder Colorado with her husband and two sons.