2011 Annual Meeting: Putting Race on the Table


2011 Annual Meeting: 
Putting Race on the Table

June 15, 2011

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region has long believed that equity, access, and opportunity must be afforded to every individual. However, barriers created due to race and racism have disproportionately marginalized communities in the Washington area as well as nationwide.

The Foundation has worked for decades to raise awareness of racial inequities in our community and to promote action to reduce them. One of our approaches has been our discussion series, Putting Race on the Table, aimed at fostering frank conversations on race and equity in the Greater Washington region. This year's discussion has special resonance, as new statistics from the U.S. Census show that our region is more racially diverse than ever before. 

This year's forum was presented to coincide with the major exhibition, RACE:  Are We So Different?, currently on view at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

At the Event...  
Community Foundation Trustees Gene Sachs (far left) and Fernando Barrueta (far right) with Foundation Chief Financial Officer Mark Hansen (center).
Sally Rudney (left), Executive Director of The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, with Community Foundation donor and former Chair Alexine Clement Jackson (right).
Left (l-r): Panelists john a. powell, Margaret K. O'Bryon, and Malika Dutt join Community Foundation President Terri Lee Freeman, Smithsonian National Museum of National History Director Cristian Samper, Moderator Michele Norris, and Panelists Dalton Conley and Tynesia Boyea Robinson.

More Faces in the Crowd...

   Community Foundation friends and colleagues enjoy the event.
  Community Foundation for Prince George's Counmty Executive Dire Desiree-Griffin-Moore (far right)with guests.
Community Foundation donmor Jane Lang (far right) and friends.

Discussion Highlights
Several major issues came to light in this frank and open discussion. Among them:

Race-based health disparities in the District of Columbia. Margaret K. O’Bryon, President and CEO of the Consumer Health Foundation, remarked, “if you live in Congress Heights in DC's Ward 8, you get sicker and you die sooner than if you live in Friendship Heights in Ward 3.”

Latinas and poverty in Montgomery County, MD.
Gustavo Torres, Executive Director of CASA de Maryland, cited the disturbing statistic that some 60% of Latina women in Montgomery County -- one of the most affluent counties in the United States -- are poor.

Outward racism or "racial anxiety"? john a. powell, Executive Director of Ohio State University's Kirwan Institute, observed that while instances of blatant racism seem to be decreasing nationally, there is rising concern around what he calls "racial anxiety" -- that is, uneasiness that minority populations are growing and gaining more power.

Watch the Video
To watch a video of this dynamic and thought-provoking discussion, click HERE. In addition, we collected the thoughts and reactions of audience members afterward. Watch what they have to say HERE.

Share Your Thoughts and Feelings on Race
Moderator Michele Norris of National Public Radio has created a rich website where she collects and shares people's perspectives on race in six words or less. You can read some of the cards that were written by attendees at the Putting Race on the Table forum as well as other cards from across the country HERE.

Panelists and Moderator

Dalton Conley
New York University

Malika Dutt

Margaret K. O'Bryon
President and CEO,
Consumer Health Foundation

John A. Powell
Executive Director,
Kirwan Institute at Ohio State University

Tynesia Boyea Robinson
Year Up-DC

Gustavo Torres
Executive Director,
CASA de Maryland

Michele Norris

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Diane and Norman Bernstein