Conversation on Racism

Dr. Frank Wells

Dr. Frank Wells

You are invited to a free, community “Conversation on Racism” brought to you through ZOOM by the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville on Wednesday, August 12, 7 – 8:30 PM! The Conversation will be led by a panel featuring Albany Unified School District Superintendent of Schools Dr. Frank Wells and Berkeley City District 7 Council Member Rigel Robinson.

The event will begin with a 15 min. TED talk on YouTube by Stanford Professor Jennifer Eberhardt on her groundbreaking research on implicit bias, described in her book “Biased” and complemented by her personal experiences. Eberhardt’s findings indicate how certain racial features of one person can predispose another person to react automatically and in a biased way, independent of thoughtful consideration.

Council Member Rigel Robins

Rigel Robinson

The panel members will then each introduce themselves in a 5 min. presentation, then answer questions from the audience, submitted in the Chat Room and sorted by LWVBAE members as customary in League forums.

With the explosion of interest in race matters sparked by the death of George Floyd and countless people of color in incidents involving questionable police tactics, continuing protests against these actions in majority white and majority people of color communities across the country and calls for reform of various institutions in our society, the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville sees the need for a conversation on racism to begin a process of understanding, growing and healing. Please join us at this free event by signing up here on Eventbrite.

–Ruby MacDonald, LWVBAE President

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