Thanks for a great Coffee Talk today on “Addressing Racism and Prejudices.”
About 50 people attended the discussion, making it our largest one yet.
We are grateful to guest panelist Rachel Dolezal, a professor in the Africana Education Program at Eastern Washington University, who was able to step in for Makayla Desjarlais.
Other panelists included:
- SpokaneFAVS writer Matthew Rindge who wrote “Black is the New Black: White Privilege and White Fragility“
- SpokaneFAVS writer Neal Schindler who wrote “Checking his privilege: A response to Tal Fortgang“
- Guest panelist Regina Malveaux, executive director of the YWCA of Spokane
Due to time restrictions not all questions were able to be answered, but we hope the conversation can continue in the comment section below.
Today’s Coffee Talk raised $45 for SpokaneFAVS, and donations can still be made online via the following link.
Tracy Simmons is an award winning journalist specializing in religion reporting, digital entrepreneurship and social journalism. In her 15 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti.
Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas and Connecticut. Currently she serves as the executive director of SpokaneFAVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Wash. She is also a Scholarly Assistant Professor at Washington State University.