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Lessons on Becoming a Better Ally to People of Color

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality.”

- Martin Luther King

Are you ready to collaborate with others to dismantle systemic racism?  Do you have the skills to be an effective ally to people of color?  Joan Crawford returns with lessons on how those outside the African American community can work collaboratively with black folks to promote racial equity and justice. 

This year’s program will be presented as a weekend retreat to allow more time for engaging discussions, personal reflection, movie viewing, prayer, and dinner conversation.  Throughout the retreat, you will increase your awareness, deepen your understanding, and expand your knowledge and cultural perspective  as you delve into these primary components:

 Driving While Black/Living While Black:  Learn some of the ways that African Americans experience and cope with racism on a daily-basis, from unintentional insults to the life- altering consequences of systemic racism.

 Racism?  I’m Not Racist:  You may not be racist, but if you’re not working to dismantle systemic racism you are contributing to the injustice.

 More Than February:  Black History is celebrated each February, but in most communities, it is the same African American s/heroes who are recalled.  Emphasis will be given to Black artists and theologians.

 Please, Don’t Touch My Hair—Do’s & Don’ts for Allies:  Explore guidelines for social settings and effective collaboration in racial justice initiatives.

Thursday, March 7, to Saturday, March 9, 2019
The retreat begins at 7:00pm and concludes at 3:00pm
Cost of $225 includes $50 non-refundable deposit, overnight accommodations, and meals.


Joan Crawford is a spiritual director, workshop and retreat facilitator, and Benedictine Oblate.  With a background in educational administration, theology, spirituality, and spiritual guidance, Joan’s inclusive vision, candor, sensitivity, and deep listening will help instill the building blocks for better understanding between the African American and Anglo American communities.

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Lessons on Becoming a Better Ally to People of Color

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