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Breaking Barriers: The Power of Racial Equity Training at SCNTR

On January 18, the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth, and Reconciliation (SCNTR) held a virtual Racial Equity Training, which brought together 24 participants eager to delve into the complex and pressing issues surrounding race and racism. This three-hour session was a deep dive into the construct of race, examining its impact on society and exploring strategies to foster a more equitable world.


Unpacking the Construct of Race and Understanding the Cost

The training began with a comprehensive exploration of the construct of race, guiding participants through the historical and social contexts that have shaped racial identities and perceptions. This part of the session was crucial for setting the groundwork, as it allowed participants to gain a shared understanding of the complexities involved in discussions of race.


One of the most impactful parts of the training involved discussions on the cost of racism. Participants engaged in open and honest dialogues about how racism affects individuals and communities, both economically and socially. These conversations were not only about identifying problems but also about understanding the deep-seated emotional and psychological toll that racism can take on society.


Overcoming Hate with Love to Create Change

Central to the training was the focus on how we can overcome hate with love, drawing from the Kingian Nonviolence Principles. These principles, inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s approach to social change, emphasize the power of love and nonviolent action in combatting social injustices. Participants explored how these principles could be applied in their daily lives and in their communities to make substantive changes towards racial equity.


The session not only provided a space for learning and discussion but also equipped participants with practical tools and strategies to combat racism. By embodying the Kingian Nonviolence Principles, each individual left the training empowered to act as an agent of change in their own right, fostering environments where love and justice can thrive over hate and inequality.


SCNTR's commitment to racial equity does not end with a single training session. This event is part of an ongoing series designed to sustain dialogue and action around racial justice issues. As we continue to offer these trainings, we invite more individuals to join in this critical conversation and become part of the movement towards a more just and equitable society.


For those interested in participating in future sessions or learning more about our approach to racial equity, please visit our website and sign up for our monthly newsletter for updates and opportunities. 


You can also donate to support these trainings and ensure that we are able to continue offering them to people from all socioeconomic levels. Together, we can build a foundation for change and take meaningful steps towards dismantling systemic racism.



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