Anyone who thinks that the issues of racial equity in our society were solved during the Civil Rights Era needs to take a good look around. Or even better: talk with some people outside of your usual chatter circle. Bearing witness to the experience of others — not just what talking heads have to say about those others — is essential.
Programs meant to raise awareness about the impact of race in our everyday lives are held throughout the year in Rochester. Check out the calendar at Faceraceroc.org, and join your neighbors and other members of the community in open dialogues about race and its impact on all of us.
Two opportunities to join the conversation will take place this week. On Thursday, May 29, Chili Public Library (3333 Chili Avenue) will host "Conversations on Race: A Process of Discovery." The free event takes place 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 889-2200, or visit www.chililibrary.org.
On Monday, June 2, Barnes & Noble (3349 Monroe Avenue in Pittsford) will host a Moving Beyond Racism Book Discussion, featuring "The Unquiet Grave" by Steve Hendricks. The free event takes place 7 to 8:30 p.m., and is open to all, whether or not you have read the book. Call 288-8644 for more information.