Jul 22, 2021
The topic of racial justice and
the quest for it has been reignited by Americans with a fervor that
has not been seen for decades. Black Americans have borne the brunt
of racial injustices consistently throughout our country’s history;
now they are calling all of us to a new awareness of the continuing
tragedy. The murder of George Floyd and so many more Black women
and men by law enforcement was only made more startling when pinned
against the backdrop of this past year’s struggle with COVID-19.
R.A.C.E. Matters was conceived as a way to center Black voices in a
small, very white community on the Central Coast of California.
Today we’ll speak to Courtney Haile, founder of R.A.C.E. Matters,
and J.P., member of Black Lives Matter Community Action-San Luis
Obispo, to learn how the tide is being turned and how we can all
help to realize liberation and belonging for everyone.
In 2016 Courtney Haile co-founded R.A.C.E. Matters, a grassroots organization that amplifies matters of racial justice and centers Black voices. Now their Executive Director, she has been a driving force for R.A.C.E. Matters’ creative endeavors, cultural programs and special events. Courtney spearheads the visionary “Belonging” art series; and has produced two original short documentary films including Restrictions Apply, about San Luis Obispo’s history of housing discrimination. Lately, Courtney most enjoys collaborating with community partners to create bold, beautiful, and engaging experiences. Courtney graduated from Leadership SLO Class 26, serves on the Board of Directors of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, and, in 2021, was one of six women chosen by Salud Carbajal as Congressional Women of the Year. Courtney lives in San Luis Obispo. You can reach out to her through www.racemattersslo.org
Josh Powell (aka JP)
Josh Powell--known to all as J.P.--uses the pronouns he/him/his. J.P. came to the Central Coast from Schenectady, New York in 2019 in pursuit of a career in theater. When the summer of 2020 started with the murder of George Floyd and many other black folks across the country, J.P. found himself doing the work of activism and organizing. J.P. has spoken to hundreds of people about the importance of protecting and defending Black people. He has organized many events, both with Black Lives Matter Community Action-SLO (BLMCA-SLO) and independently, where he's fed, clothed, and entertained the community. He is a public speaker, an essayist, and most recently has become a father. He dedicates his life to the liberation of Black people by teaching people young and old, and doing so with a smile and compassion for every human. Black Lives Matter. You can reach J.P. at firstname.lastname@example.org
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