“When the roots of thought are observed, thought itself seems to change for the better.” – David Bohn
The model for this program was created more than 20 years ago by Maxine Crump. She worked with community organizations and individuals to develop a structured program of six two-hour weekly sessions based on scholarly reading materials. This program is led by a bi-racial team of trained facilitators. From DORLA’S inception, Maxine Crump has remained involved in a leadership role in Dialogue at all levels, including training facilitators.
The process was managed by community volunteers until it was used as the basis for the Baton Rouge Town Meeting program, “What Color is Community?” in 1994. Following the Town Meeting, the program gained momentum and community interest. Led by a group of volunteers, Dialogue on Race Louisiana was chartered as a not for profit organization in November 2011.
This was a wonderful experience which I felt really brought home the concepts of institutional racism and white privilege. Our group was soon comfortable with each other and able to have an open dialogue on these tough concepts via the guidance of our two wonderful moderators. I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to understand how racism is having an impact on people of color in the modern world.
- Heather M.
The Dialogue on Race series has been one of the most significant learning experiences I've ever had the pleasure to be a part of. I highly recommend it to anyone who's seriously interested in having an open and honest dialogue (not debate) on race and who also wants to play their role in dismantling racism in our community.
- Eric D.