Over the past couple of months, our community organized and YWCA Carlisle participated in the MLK, Jr., Commemoration Celebration and the Black History Festival, which left many with feelings of hopefulness, unity and commonality. Now that the festivities are over, I can’t help but ask myself the questions, “now what?”
How will we keep this momentum going? Will we wait until next January when we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King, whose dream we seemingly achieve on that day? Or will we somehow let those ideals elusively slip through our fingers for another year?
This year, YWCA Carlisle’s Racial Justice Committee has set out to provide more frequent community potlucks and discussions. These will be informal and will offer a place for people to come together to share a meal, connect with others who are equally concerned about race relations in our town and nation, and be exposed to new ideas that can create a more just world. We would like to see members of this community get to know one another on a more personal level, so that relationships can be formed and walls of fear and apprehension be torn down. In this setting, the differences that currently divide us can be recognized, accepted, and celebrated so that we can begin to work to create a culture where every resident feels respected and valued.
Our community potluck events allow residents to take the positive energy and spirit of events, like Martin Luther King, Jr., Commemoration Day, and carry then throughout the year. So consider yourself invited to the table, because .
If you would like more information about the Racial Justice Committee or would like to receive emails announcing the dates of the upcoming community potluck and discussions, contact Sonya Browne, Mission Impact Director, at 243-3818 or firstname.lastname@example.org.