YWCA Forum on Race Returns with Foundations for Change

FORUM ON RACE FEATURES GUEST SPEAKERS JANE CAMPBELL AND REV. JOAN BROWN CAMPBELL

IT’S TIME TO TALK: FORUMS ON RACE WILL BE PART OF THE STOKES INITIATIVE

PLAYWRIGHTS LOCAL TO PRESENT EXCERPT FROM PLAY ABOUT TAMIR RICE AT IT’S TIME TO TALK

rlb_5065CLEVELAND, OH – YWCA Greater Cleveland is proud to announce that Jane Campbell and Rev. Joan Brown Campbell will have a public discussion as part of this year’s It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race. It’s Time to Talk is one of many events that is included as part of ”Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future”, and YWCA Greater Cleveland is a community partner for the Stokes initiative. It’s Time to Talk is presented in 2017 through a partnership with Cuyahoga Community College and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center.

Jane Campbell, the first woman mayor of Cleveland, and her mother Rev. Joan Brown Campbell, an activist and local leader who helped organize volunteers for the election of Carl B. Stokes, have much to say about being a “first woman,” intersectionality, civil rights, and the legacy of Carl Stokes.

It’s Time to Talk will also feature an excerpt from Playwrights Local’s performance of Objectively/Reasonable, a play about the shooting of Tamir Rice in 2014. Two actors will perform portions of the play, and a member of Playwrights Local will discuss the creation of the piece.

rlb_5370After two successful years of hosting the It’s Time to Talk forum, YWCA Greater Cleveland has engaged more than a thousand individuals in conversations about race, discrimination, unconscious bias, and cultural competency.  YWCA has trained more than 65 Racial Justice Facilitators who are now able to lead this dialogue in organizations and the community.

In March 2016 the American Jewish Committee of Cleveland recognized YWCA Greater Cleveland for its work with It’s Time to Talk with the Isaiah Award for Human Relations.  This award acknowledged YWCA Greater Cleveland for empowering the community to begin conversations around race and racism in Cleveland.

ITT-Logo-MPLSIt’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race – Foundations for Change will be held on February 3, 2017 from 8:30am-1:30pm at the Cuyahoga Community College: Eastern Campus in the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center.  Tickets are $60 for adults and $25 for students, non-profit, teachers, and seniors. To purchase tickets, get more information, or find out how to become a Racial Justice Facilitator, visit http://www.ywcaofcleveland.org/itstimetotalk.

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE, 8:30AM – 1:30PM
8:15-9:00: Registration  |  Gallery walk with conversation-starting imagery  |  Continental Breakfast
9:00-10:00: Powerful moderated discussion (Joan Campbell Brown + Jane Campbell) and onstage presentation from Playwrights Local’s Objectively/Reasonable (play about Tamir Rice)
10:15-11:30: Circle conversations about race & racism in small groups
11:30-12:30: World Cafe – Facilitated discussion about action steps and community needs
12:30-1:00: Lunch and networking
1:00-1:30: Regroup |  Commitment to community change  | Conclusion

WHAT’S NEW IN 2017?
tri-c• Cuyahoga Community College is an essential partner for It’s Time to Talk 2017.  The program this year will be held at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center on the Eastern campus of Cuyahoga Community College.  This location is accessible and open, allowing for broad community participation.
• New affordable ticket price, to ensure the entire community can participate in this conversation.
• Gallery of conversation-starting imagery, including art from members of our community
• It’s Time to Talk 2017 has been expanded to a half-day experience.

SPEAKERS

Jane L. Campbell was the first woman mayor of Cleveland Ohio. As Mayor, Campbell worked to make Cleveland a stronger, smarter, and safer city, develop a stronger economy that helped Clevelanders build wealth, create a smarter workforce, and to make Cleveland a safer, healthier, more livable city.

Campbell began her career as an elected official in the Ohio House of Representatives. There she concentrated her legislative efforts on issues of particular interest to children, families, and senior citizens, as well as economic development. Campbell co-sponsored a movement to expose individuals who fail to pay child support. Additionally, Campbell was the primary sponsor for all the laws allowing the financing of Gateway

Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell is an ordained minister, activist, and leader. he was the first woman to be Associate Executive Director of the Greater Cleveland Council of Churches; the first woman to be Executive Director of the U.S. office of the World Council of Churches; the first ordained woman to be General Secretary of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; and the first woman Director of Religion at the historic Chautauqua Institution.  Archbishop Desmond Tutu, speaking about Joan Campbell, referred to her as “a woman of courage and compassion.”

She worked with Martin Luther King and brought him to her own congregation, the first white church in Cleveland to receive Dr. King. Dr. Campbell served as an honorary election monitor with President Kaunda of Zambia in the election of Nelson Mandela as the first African president of South Africa, and she negotiated with Fidel Castro and President Clinton the return of Elian Gonzales to his father. She holds numerous national and local offices, including: past member of the U.S. State Department advisory committee on Religious Freedom Abroad, Trustee for the Council for a Parliament of the World Religions, the Fund for Education in South Africa, the advisory committee for Americans for Humanitarian Trade with Cuba, life member of the NAACP, and many others.

stokes-logo-print-1ABOUT THE STOKES INITIATIVE
Stokes: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future is a yearlong, community-wide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Carl Stokes’ election as mayor of Cleveland. Mayor Stokes and his brother, Congressman Louis Stokes, played key roles in the advancement of the city and the nation through the civil rights movement and beyond. In many ways, Cleveland’s current national and international recognition owes a debt of thanks for their accomplishments. For more information, visit http://www.stokes50cle.com

nc_y-kurahashi_o-r_photo3ABOUT PLAYWRIGHTS LOCAL AND OBJECTIVELY/REASONABLE
Objectively/Reasonable: A Community Response to the Shooting of Tamir Rice, 11/22/14 originally ran from August 18 through September 4, 2016, at the Creative Space at Waterloo Arts. Directed by Terrence Spivey, the play was praised by Cool Cleveland as “a work that should travel to theaters all over the country…a catharsis” and by Broadway World as “a must-see experience for anyone interested in the real world around them.” Objectively/Reasonable was written by an ensemble of playwrights—Mike Geither, Tom Hayes, Lisa Langford, Michael Oatman, and David Todd—and conceived/edited by Todd. Additional information on the play is available at http://playwrightslocal.org/objectively-reasonable/.

Playwrights Local is a theater company based in Cleveland. Billed as a playwrights’ center, the organization’s goal is to provide a home for dramatic writing in Northeast Ohio. They offer classes and workshops, produce original plays, provide professional development opportunities, and engage the community through site-specific projects.

Photo by Tom Kondilas of Objectively/Reasonable ensemble.

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