ALPENA, Mich. (WBKB) – The Martin Luther King, Jr., Committee of Alpena has announced an interactive workshop designed to promote learning and open discussion about race and racism. The workshop – Creating a Beloved Community – features three interactive sessions beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending at 3:30 p.m. with a lunch break in between. The workshop will be held virtually on Saturday, January 30.
“We’re hopeful that many people throughout Northeast Michigan find this to be an important discussion and will plan to participate in the workshop,” said long-time committee member Pastor Tom Orth. “We believe programs that offer opportunities to learn about race and racism in a safe environment without blame or guilt are the fundamentals to creating an inclusive community,” said Pastor Orth.
The virtual, six-hour workshop will be presented by nationally acclaimed storyteller La’Ron Williams. The workshop material is designed to help its participants begin to recognize and understand the pervasive and profound invisible results of the United States’ national history with racism. Using a blend of storytelling, participatory exercises, lecture and dialogue, Williams will focus on concept building; increasing awareness of personal racial identity development within an already racialized social milieu, and on identifying several stumbling blocks that prevent individuals from achieving the goals that have been repeated so often throughout history: “all men are created equal” with “liberty and justice for all”.
There is no cost to participate in the workshop, however pre-registration is required. To obtain a Zoom meeting link, contact the Martin Luther King, Jr., Committee of Alpena by email —firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested participants may also call Grace Lutheran Church at 989-354-2640 to pre-register and request a Zoom meeting link.