Blazers discuss race in series of conversations led by staff and students
Starting Monday November 14, students gathered in the media center after school for a week to talk and engage in meaningful dialogue about race. Students also utilized this time to organize and plan the next step following the walk out.
The dialogue was hosted by social studies teacher Kevin Shindel, along with two student leaders, senior Claire Maske and junior Iyanu Bishop. This was Shindel's second year hosting the dialogue. His goal was to welcome as many students as he could to discuss their views on race and racism. "We wanted to bring kids together to talk about issues of racial importance and racial inequality, both in Blair and Montgomery County, and in society as a whole," Shindel said.
On one of the days, Bishop invited 50 of the students to participate in a diversity workshop. Another day, there were two guest speakers: Elijah Wheeler, who works for My Brother's Keeper in Montgomery County and Councilman Mike Elrich. They spoke about their personal experiences with race and racism in America. Throughout the week, a number of the students present chose to stay past the end of 9th period to keep the discussion going and make plans for a student movement.
For more information about similar events and organizing the movement, contact Blair Interracial Dialogue on Facebook. The club also plans to have more weekly dialogues in the near future.
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