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“Conversations on Race: What is Indigenous Peoples’ Day?”
April 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Abbot Public Library and the Marblehead Racial Justice Team are hosting “Continuing Conversations on Race” at the library on Monday, April 22nd from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm.
These ongoing conversations are a place to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere in which we explore our own biases and continue to learn and grow by hearing each other’s stories, so that we can best make a difference. It is a place for listening, conversation, and engagement.
This month we will explore Indigenous Peoples’ Day. What is it, where did it start and why is it on the Town Warrant? We are not advocating a position. We are presenting information so you better understand the history and current thinking. We will follow our usual format of a presentation of information and the majority of the time in conversation about our personal reaction to the information. As always in our meetings, it is a dialogue, not a debate.
Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a celebration that recognizes all the contributions that Native people have made to our society. It is also a recognition of their humanity and an opportunity for a more truthful history to be told – a history that acknowledges the violence and unfair treatment against them that started with the arrival of Columbus, continued during colonization, and still exists today. Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebrates the survival of Native Americans and their culture despite the odds being stacked against them.