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Thank you for your interest in Mother 2 Mother, A Conversation with Black Mothers to White About “The Talk” With Their Black Sons.
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HISTORY: Mother 2 Mother began in September 2014, by Dr. Christi Griffin, founder and president of The Ethics Project, as a means of creating understanding, healing and solutions to racism and over policing in the African American community. The Conversations were launched to a full house at the Missouri History Museum in partnership with the Racial Justice Program of the YWCA and the Missouri History Museum. The idea was prompted by a forum at Christ the King Church following the killing of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown. Christ the King’s pastor, Rev. Traci Blackmon, herself a mother of Black sons, shared her experience at the launch of the Conversations. Gestating only as an idea, it became reality when radio host Carol Daniel contacted Griffin for an interview and encouraged action.
Eleven Mothers have shared their stories with thousands of mostly White, attendees in a total of 18 conversations. In April 2016, a Conversation was filmed for a documentary at The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN, at the request of PBS. Excerpts of that documentary were aired twice following the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It will be aired nationally in full this fall.
Interest in Mother 2 Mother has been shown in New York, Louisville, Madison and as far away as Arizona, San Diego, and Oregon. The core group of Mothers include: Christi Griffin, Professor Kimberly Norwood, author Riisa Renee, CBS radio anchor, Carol Daniel, Tango Walker, Marlowe Thomas Gaines, Nadida Amatullah-Matin, Rev. Traci Blackmon, and Donna Rogers-Beard. Their talks are often augmented by a brief report of Dr. Leah Francis Gunning, the newly appointed Vice President of Christian Theological Seminary in Indiana and mother of two young sons, on her study of the risks faced by Black boys of all socio-economic backgrounds.
PURPOSE: The purpose of Mother 2 Mother is to expose a community of women to the dangers and reality of raising Black sons in America regardless of the socio-economic status achieved. Concurrently it provides an outlet for other Black mothers to share in their struggle. Together, the Conversations are intended to spur women to use their considerable power and energy to create broad change within their homes, schools, and communities. Attendees have acknowledged a broadened view and have publicly pledged to create change.
OTHER CONVERSATIONS: Since beginning Mother 2 Mother, requests were made to hold variations of these conversations. As a result, we’ve held Father 2 Father, Man 2 Man, and Parent 2 Parent. We are also open to hosting a Conversation for teens as well as for police.
VENUES: Mother 2 Mother and its successor conversations have been held in museums, churches, schools, synagogues, temples, police departments, and a convent. We will hold conversations in any location that serves the needs of the community.
GUIDELINES: We welcome and encourage new hosts for Mother 2 Mother Conversations locally and across the country. The following guidelines have been developed to maintain the purpose and integrity of our work.
Children and childcare are strongly discouraged. Conversations should be free of any distractions so attendees can be fully engaged and return home in meaningful reflection.
Public announcements, selling or distribution of materials are prohibited. The venue should be maintained as sacred space to respect the dignity of this effort.
PROCEDURE: To host a Mother 2 Mother Conversation, please contact Donna Rogers-Beard at TheEthicsProject@gmail.com. There is no cost for Mother 2 Mother. Donations to The Ethics Project are welcome and can be made at TheEthicsProject.org.
Article from the St. Louis Public Radio: http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/black-moms-teach-white-moms-about-having-talk-their-sons
Article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/relationships-and-special-occasions/parenting/aisha-sultan/article_050d4db8-8155-568a-93d3-20ec1d10f7a4.html
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