Our goal is to create a beloved community and this will require a qualitative change in our souls as well as a quantitative change in our lives.
~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King
Everyday Race, It’s You and Me
As part of the Courageous Conversations on Race, on Wed., March 15th at 6pm Montview’s Wednesday Night Life will host performance poet/social justice activist, Norma Johnson. Norma will perform and present to inspire a deeper and more personal courageous conversation and reflection about race. Participants will have an opportunity to actively engage in dialogue and will be offered resources to support continuing exploration about race in our nation and in our lives.
Race…it’s not “out there,” it’s “in here.” It’s an everyday part of our lives. It’s in our systems and in the history and stories we tell and in those that remain hidden. It’s in our minds and in our perceptions …of ourselves and of those “other” people. Color blindness is not an option, unless we are unable to see our own. We can’t erase what we’ve already learned, but we can transform it, so that our lives serve a greater vision for our humanity and our stories of who we are can reflect that greater vision. ~ Norma Johnson
Known for her ability to move and inspire, Norma Johnson offers creative processes for opening hearts and minds to view more expansively, the world within, and into our world.
She brings her thirty plus years as spiritual healer, poet/writer, performing artist, speaker, facilitator and consultant to her work in racial justice and human rights. Her unique artistic presentation form inspires awareness and connection bridging personal and community dialogues and relationships.
Norma’s healing artistry is known for its transformative affect. Her celebrated poem featured on YouTube, “A Poem for My White Friends: I Didn’t Tell You,” has been a gateway for introspection and dialogue on the influence of race in our American culture and in our personal lives. Norma’s poetry about race is being used enthusiastically by educators across the nation to arouse insightful consciousness and discussion about race, privilege and class.