KCC CDI hosting community conversation, workshop with activist Chris Crass

A flyer promoting an upcoming event featuring activist Chris Crass.

Kellogg Community College’s Center for Diversity and Innovation invites the public to participate in a series of events hosted by author and social justice activist Chris Crass.

Crass, who writes and speaks widely on issues including anti-racist organizing, feminism for men, building visionary movements and progressive activism, will present the following free events this month at Kool Family Community Center, 200 Michigan Ave W #101, Battle Creek:

Towards Collective Liberation: Moving Awareness into Action
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13
Valentine Center, Kool Family Community Center

This keynote event conversation will focus on four themes, including coming to consciousness about racism and sexism as part of understanding structural inequality; ways that people with institutional privilege can align with communities in struggle against oppression; developing healthy movement culture that builds people, is rooted in movement history and legacy and celebrates victories and stages of growth; and on a vision of collective liberation to guide our efforts. Refreshments will be served.

From Our Ancestors: Lessons from Legendary Organizers Ella Baker and Anne Braden on Building Justice Movements Today
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14
Lew Boyd Room, Kool Family Community Center

This workshop will draw insights and lessons from two of the most effective organizers of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s, Ella Baker and Anne Braden. Baker and Braden used a relationship-based approach to organizing in which they helped build strong communities, effective groups and democratic leadership to seek justice. Workshop participants will explore what we can learn from Baker’s emphasis on direct action and group-centered leadership to help us think about strategy and developing leaders today, and will look at Braden’s anti-racist organizing in Southern white communities to learn how she was able to call on white peoples’ self-interest to build their commitment to ending white supremacy.

For more information about these events, contact Timeaka Reese, executive assistant at the CDI, at 269-565-7946 or reeset@kellogg.edu. More information about Crass and his work is available on his website, www.chriscrass.org.

About the KCC Center for Diversity and Innovation

The mission of Kellogg Community College’s Center for Diversity and Innovation is to foster leadership and innovation for an equitable Battle Creek by inspiring, supporting and connecting diverse community leaders, and to provide comprehensive support for community change initiatives that promote equity, leadership and engagement in Battle Creek. Created in 2014 through a three-year grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the CDI seeks to ignite a fundamental transformation in the city of Battle Creek toward the elimination of racial disparities. Visit the CDI online at www.kellogg.edu/kcccdi.

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