City Garden Montessori School (City Garden) is excited to announce the launch of the 2017/18 Colorbrave Series, beginning September 15. Colorbrave is a series of community intergroup dialogues and educational presentations focused on race and bias and how to be “colorbrave” rather than “colorblind,” as inspired by the TED Talk “Color blind or color brave?” by Mellody Hobson.
The Colorbrave series grew out of the desire of City Garden parents and neighborhood community members to have a safe space to dialogue and be together following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson and VonDerritt Myers in Shaw. Over the past three years, City Garden has held Colorbrave events throughout each school year, offering the community opportunities to more deeply understand systemic racism and to support one another in working toward equity and understanding.
The goal of the Colorbrave series is to normalize dialogue about race and privilege both in the City Garden community and beyond and to promote racial equity and social justice. More specifically, Colorbrave provides community education regarding racism and privilege, including tools for recognizing and responding to racism and privilege; opens a safe space for parents and community members to explore and dialogue about racism and privilege and feel accepted wherever they are on their journey in understanding these difficult concepts; and presents a model for how discussing racism and privilege can be done in a positive, productive, safe way for all participants.
The 2017/18 Colorbrave Series, which is supported by the Shaw Neighborhood Improvement Association, will include five sessions and accompanying topics:
- September 15 – Solidarity for Communities of Color: What does it really look like?
- November 17 – Rethinking Thanksgiving
- December 8 – Christian Dominance & the “Holiday Season”
- January 19 – The Real MLK
- April 20 – “The Privilege Walk” & Next Steps
All sessions are held at City Garden Montessori School, 1618 Tower Grove Ave, St. Louis, and begin at 5:30 pm with a light dinner, followed by a presentation and discussion which begin at 6:00 pm and conclude at 7:30 pm. Childcare for children ages 3 to 14 is provided. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Registration for the September 15 session may be found through the registration button below.
City Garden invites anyone interested in learning, listening, and growing towards dismantling racism and creating communities in which all people have access to freedom and opportunity to join us throughout the Colorbrave Series.
Register for the Sept 15 Colorbrave session.