The Poverty Forum is a dinner designed to engage the community in conversation about poverty. It is an opportunity to create a genuine understanding of poverty in the community and the issues that low-income members face. This year the Council is tackling the difficult topic of structural racism.
In 2008, the Council, along with nine other community action agencies, was selected to participate with a Ford Foundation funded initiative by The Aspen Institute in an examination of the effects of structural racism. This is a kind of racism that concerns racial hierarchy and inequitable racial group outcomes and is perpetuated by existing institutional processes and structures. A few community leaders from Lexington are a part of the national workgroup. While the concept of structural racism is not new, Lexington’s awareness and ability to address it are still emerging. The Council is looking forward to sharing current research and its implications.
Featured speaker, Tim Wise, is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the United States. He is the author of several books including Between Barack and a Hard Place: Race and Whiteness in the Age of Obama and White like me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. He has spoken in 48 states including institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, Yale, and Columbia, along with various community groups around the nation.