2021 NW Diversity Learning Series
SPEAK UP, SPEAK OUT: GET INTO GOOD TROUBLE, NECESSARY TROUBLE
We dedicate the 2021 NWDLS to Congressman John Robert Lewis, 1940-2020, and accept his call to action. We see ourselves as he described, as "ordinary people with extraordinary vision”—we commit to getting into "good trouble, necessary trouble" in the 2021 NW Diversity Learning Series! In a special Last Word, Morgan Freeman reads the words of John Lewis’ final essay, which he requested be published in the New York Times on the day of his funeral: “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation.” Aired on 7/30/2020
John Lewis ran for Congress so that he could work inside the system to achieve change. We, too, work internally to change our organizations. Now we must focus on the most elusive element: Systemic EQUITY—NOW!
To do that, we will get into “good trouble, necessary trouble” by:
Digging into the roots of inequities in organizational systems that have been held in place by privilege and power.
Excavating the ecosystem—the structure—that surrounds the roots so that we understand exactly how inequities are held in place
Identifying the elements in the ecosystem to transform into systemic equity — NOW!
We promote equitable, anti-racist, inclusive organizations that work for ALL.