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AN Sunday Study on Racism and Being Anti-Racist
October 18 @ 9:15 am - 10:30 pm
Adult Nurture (AN)
In honor of this week’s Indigenous People’s Day, please join us to spend some time with different narratives – the history of Columbus Day, Mark Charles’ TedTalk “The Truth Behind ‘We the People’ – The Three Most Misunderstood Words in US History”, and an excerpt from “The Freedom of Real Apologies”, Layli Long Soldier’s conversation with Krista Tippett. And a VOX video on Why the US celebrates Columbus Day.
The son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Mark Charles offers a unique perspective on three of the most misinterpreted words in American History. Written in the Papal Bulls of the 15th Century, embedded in our founding documents in the 18th Century, codified as legal precedent in the 19th Century and referenced by the Supreme Court in the 20th and 21st Centuries, the Doctrine of Discovery has been used throughout the history of the United States to keep “We the People” from including all the people. This talk was presented to a local audience at TEDxTysons, an independent event.
Mark Charles is a speaker, writer, and consultant who recently moved to Washington DC from the Navajo Reservation. The son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Mark seeks to understand the complexities of American history regarding race, culture, and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation. He partners with numerous organizations to assist them in respectfully approaching, including, and working with native communities.
Layli Long Soldier is a writer, a mother, a citizen of the United States, and a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation. She has a way of opening up this part of her life, and of American life, to inspire self-searching and tenderness. Her award-winning first book of poetry, WHEREAS, is a response to the U.S. government’s official apology to Native peoples in 2009, which was done so quietly, with no ceremony, that it was practically a secret. Layli Long Soldier offers entry points for us all — to events that are not merely about the past, and to the freedom real apologies might bring.