MRM Diversity Digest

Issue 10 + MLK Update

January 11, 2018

“As a learning environment that fosters socially responsible citizens who are lifelong learners and problem solvers, Many Rivers Montessori aspires to be a multicultural community with a welcoming spirit.”—Excerpt from MRM’s Diversity Statement, posted in full on the school’s home page

MRM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) meets monthly, generally the third Tuesday at the Jefferson Campus. Our next meeting is January 16 from 6:00-8:00 PM. All are welcome! Please email for more info.  


Around the Twin Ports

Thursday, January 11 - Monday, January 15. Birth of a New Nation. A series of events honoring the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Here’s a brief schedule of events (all in Duluth):

  • Thurs. 1/11, Mayoral Reception | 6pm@ AICHO, 202 W 2nd Street

  • Fri. 1/12, Rhythm & Hues | 5:30pm Meal & 7pm Show Peace UCC, 1111 N 11th Ave E *DEI JL*

  • Sat. 1/13, Youth Nation | 12pm - 4pm, Denfeld High School Auditorium, 401 N 44th Ave W

  • Sun. 1/14 Inter-Faith Worship Service | 5pm, First Presbyterian Church 300 E 2nd St *DEI JL*

  • Mon. 1/15 Community Breakfast | 7:30am Holy Family Catholic Church, 2430 W 3rd St  *DEI JL*

  • Mon. 1/15 March | 10am Gather & 11am Marchoff, Washington Center, 310 N 1st Ave W *DEI MC*

  • Mon. 1/15 Rally | 12pm DECC, 350 Harbor Dr *DEI MC*

*DEI JL* | Jennifer Lien, DEI Committee Chair, will be attending these. Even better, she will be singing at the Inter-Faith Worship Service on 1/14! if you’d like to coordinate, contact  

*DEI MC* | DEI Member Meredith Cornett and family will be attending the March and Rally on 1/15. Email or text 218-464-8649 to coordinate.


Saturday, January 13. Gichi Manidoo Giizis Traditional Pow Wow. Black Bear Casino Resort, Otter Creek Event Center, 1785 Highway 210, Carlton, MN 55718. Grand Entry at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Feast at 5:00 PM. The Thirteen Moons Fond du Lac Tribal College Extension Program is proud to host this one day pow wow, which celebrates taking care of the land and community. Information will be shared about sustainable agriculture and forestry as well as traditions of the Anishinaabe culture, language and best practices of taking care of the land and community.       


Saturday, January 13. 11:00 AM. Little Horse Drum Group. Duluth Public Library, 520 West Superior Street. The Little Horse Drum Group will be kicking off Duluth’s Winter Reading 2018 events.  The Little Horse Drum Group is a group of young men and women from the Duluth/Superior Native American Indian community. They bring their drums and songs to many community gatherings, celebrations and spiritual events. Join them at the library and stick around for the rest of the day’s events, which includes a showing and discussion of “The Danger of a Single Story,” recommended by the MRM DEI Committee in a previous issue of the Diversity Digest.


Friday, January 19. 7:00 PM. The Secrets of Being Black - Duluth Edition. Unitarian Universalist Church of Duluth (UUCD), 835 West College Street.

A locally produced film that examines the views, experiences and perspectives of Blacks living in Duluth Minnesota today. Reflections by the African Heritage Community on Black culture, housing issues, inequities, education, relationships, mental health, religion and representation. This film was created by Classie Dudley and Malcolm Fields, two young filmmakers from Duluth. Discussion will follow the viewing of the documentary. There will be pizza available and other refreshments. This is a free event, but donations are accepted. This program is put on by the UUCD Peace and Justice Committee.

DEI Member Daniel Morrison plans to attend. Contact if you would like to meet up!


Monday, January 22. 6:00-8:00 PM. Gene Luen Yang Keynote Presentation: We Need Diverse Books. 1120 Kirby Drive, Kirby Ballroom, University of Minnesota-Duluth. Award-winning graphic novelist and comic book author Gene Luen Yang will speak about the importance of narratives that convey a multitude of cultural experiences. Gene’s books will be available for purchase and signing by the author immediately following his presentation. Gene is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, a MacArthur Fellow, and the national spokesperson for the Reading Without Walls program. His published work includes American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints, and The Shadow Hero. He has also written Avatar: The Last Airbender and Superman comics.

The DEI Committee plans to attend this event. All are welcome! To coordinate, contact


*Friday, January. 27 5:30-7:30 PM. UWS Final Friday: TBD. Pilgrim Lutheran Church (basement), 820 Belknap Street, Superior. Final Friday is a monthly University of Wisconsin-Superior event celebrating diversity and culture. It is always held the last Friday of every month at Pilgrim Lutheran Church from 5:30-7:30 pm. The theme for January is TBD, but the evening is sure to include food and lots of fun.


* Recurring or ongoing




Sunday, February 11. 7:00-10:00 PM. Black Student Union Soul Food Dinner. University of Wisconsin-Superior, Yellowjacket Union, 1605 Catlin Avenue 54880.



Many Rivers Montessori values diversity in every aspect of the school community. It is the policy of MRM not to discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation or disability in the administration of its admissions policies, educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs and other school-related programs.