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MRM Diversity Digest 2019 Issue 4 Wednesday, March 6

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.

The Diversity Digest is brought to you by the MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. We are pleased to offer this summary of cultural events, broadcasts and workshops at MRM and around the Twin Ports. Many, but not all, of these listings are child friendly. Use your own judgment to decide what is or is not appropriate for your child. Please email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org to submit timely events.

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MRM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) generally meets the third Tuesday of every month -- except for February! Our next DEI Committee gathering is March 19 at 6:30 PM. All are welcome! Please email jennifer.lien@manyriversmontessori.org for more info.


On Your Own

Code Switch | Race and identity, remixed. The U.S. is in the midst of a big demographic shift. Over the next few decades, people of color will compose a majority of the country's population, a transition that's already happened among the nation's youngest residents. Already, race, ethnicity and culture play a starring role in some of the biggest stories unfolding in the news, and that role will only increase as this demographic shift continues. Code Switch covers these matters with the depth, nuance, intelligence and comprehensiveness they deserve.


Around the Twin Ports

Thursday, March 7. 4:00-9:00 PM. International Women’s Day Celebration. University of Minnesota-Duluth Ballroom. Join us for an evening of celebrating women and their achievements with a feminist art gallery, light refreshments, and a few speakers followed by an open mic. The theme for International Women’s Day is Be Bold for Change. Help us honor women who have been bold for change on both local and global levels.

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Sunday, March 10. 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM. Susan Cottrell speaking event. First United Methodist Church (Copper Top), 230 E Skyline Dr, Duluth.  

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Sunday, March 10. 2:00 PM. Susan Cottrell book signing (2:00 PM) and speaking event (3:00 PM). Teatro Theater, 222 E Superior St, Duluth.

Susan Cottrell is a prominent voice for faith parents of LGBTQI children. She has been featured on ABC's 20/20, Nightline and Good Morning America, on NBC News Out, on The Advocate Magazine’s National Coming Out Day, Mother's Day, and other viral videos - as "our favorite affirming matriarch." She is an international speaker, a public theologian, author, and consultant. Through her nonprofit organization—FreedHearts—Susan champions the LGBTQI community and families with her authenticity and tender-hearted zeal. Her books include “Mom, I’m Gay”—Loving Your LGBTQ Child and Strengthening Your Faith; True Colors - Celebrating the Truth and Beauty of the Real You; and Radically Included - The Biblical Case for Radical Love and Inclusion. These events are free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, March 20. 6:00 – 7:30 PM. Elizabeth Parks presents on Authentic Listening Across Cultural Difference. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Library Rotunda, 4th Floor.

Elizabeth S. Parks is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and the Assistant Director of the Center for Public Deliberation, both at Colorado State University. A research affiliate with the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, her research and teaching blends social scientific and humanistic methods to better understand how we can improve ethical listening with people who are different than ourselves. Her first book, "The Ethics of Listening: Creating Space for Sustainable Dialogue," was published in late 2018.

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Thursday, March 21 (7:30 PM) - Saturday, March 23. What She Said: One Act Festival. Underground Theater. The celebration of original one-acts returns for its third year! Written by women all over the world and directed by women from across the Twin Ports, this series of short plays highlights women voices and everything they have to say.

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Thursday, March 21. 6:00 to 7:30 PM. Film: A Journey of a Thousand Miles | Peacekeepers

University of Minnesota - Duluth, Montague Hall 80, 1211 Ordean Ct. Peacekeepers Embark on a risky year-long UN peacekeeping mission into earthquake-ravaged Haiti with an all-female Bangladeshi police unit. Leaving their families behind, these police officers shatter stereotypes as they rise in the name of building peace.

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Saturday, March 23. 5:00-8:00 PM. Hmong Heritage Night. Hope United Methodist Church, 301 W St. Marie St., Duluth. Hmong Heritage Night Ticket Information: $7 for advance $9 at the door Come join Hmong Living in Unity and Balance (HLUB) for a night of appreciation and reflection as we celebrate the Hmong culture! There will be food served as well as performances and a fashion show!

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Tuesday, March 26. 6:00 PM. Commander John Herrington. University of Wisconsin-Superior, Yellowjacket Union Great Room. Commander Herrington is the first member of a federally recognized tribe (Chickasaw) to travel to space. Herrington’s historic mission to the International Space Station was the culmination of years of experience and training with men and women with diverse cultural and technical backgrounds, and provided him with a unique perspective that he enjoys sharing with audiences worldwide. Part of the UWS Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.

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Tuesday, March 26 7:30-9:30 PM. Stand Up For Peace. Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica.  Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah are humorists and comedians from New York City, each with an impressive career of his own. Blakeman is a Jew, and Obeidallah an Arab, the son of a Palestinian father. Both men aim to build bridges, promote tolerance and encourage conflict resolution among Jews, Muslims, Arabs and people of all backgrounds and religions. They’ll come together on the Mitchell stage with a performance that reflects their philosophy that “if we can laugh together, we can live together.”

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Wednesday, March 27. 6:00-7:30 PM. RBG. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Chemistry 200. This documentary, explores the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It will be followed with a discussion led by a representative from NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota.

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Thursday, March 28. 4:00 – 5:30 PM. Panel: Peace, Resistance and Nonviolence. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Griggs Center. Peace, Resistance and Nonviolence Panelists Emily Gaarder, Beth Bartlett, and Donna Howard As Scholars, activist and teachers the panelist will share their personal reflections, research and experiences.

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Thursday,, March 28. 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Film: Wave Goodbye to Dinosaurs. University of Minnesota - Duluth, Montague Hall 80, 1211 Ordean Ct. Discover the story of the Catholic and Protestant women who come together during Northern Ireland’s bloody civil war and fight to ensure that human rights, equality and inclusion shape the historic Good Friday Agreement peace deal.

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April 4. 7:00-9:00 PM. Book launch. Linda Legarde Grover. In the Night of Memory. Zenith Bookstore. In her new novel, Ms. Grover writes about two lost sisters, who find family, and themselves, among the voices of an Ojibwe reservation. Some ruptures simply cannot be repaired; they can only be lived through, or lived with. Grover returns to the fictional Mozhay Point Reservation in this nuanced, moving, often humorous picture of two Ojibwe girls becoming women in the long, sharply etched shadow of Native American history. Linda LeGarde Grover is professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe.

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Upcoming


Wednesday, April 24. 6:00 PM. Austin Channing Brown. University of Wisconsin-Superior, Yellowjacket Union Great Room. Author: I'm Still Here | Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Final event in the UWS 2019 Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.


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MRM Diversity Digest: Issue 3 Supplement

This supplement to 2019's Issue 3 includes some rescheduled events (due to this week's polar vortex) as well as some brand new additions. First up: Frankie Cox Story's opening night tomorrow (Friday, February 1). Enjoy and stay warm!


*Friday, February 1. 7:00 - 9:00 PM. Frankie Cox Story (opening night). Douglas County Historical Society, 1101 John Ave, Superior. The Douglas County Historical Society brings audiences back to Tony's Cabaret on Third Street with "The Frankie Cox Story." Cox performed at Tony's for 44 years. The society's History Theatre takes a look at Cox's life — from his youth, through his teen years, to his becoming a husband and father, his years blowing his trumpet at Tony's Cabaret. This original play written and produced by Wes Kruse, with music by Randy Lee and his Hot Five will take you back in time to the raucous days of Superior's north end waterfront. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. [The play features MRM’s own Trok Family playing Frankie Cox at different stages of life -- and other roles].

    *More performances at 7 p.m. Feb. 1, 2, 8, 9 and 2 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10.

Meredith Cornett, Ethan Perry and Charlotte will be attending the performance on Saturday 2/9. Email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org to coordinate.

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Saturday, February 2. 5:30 PM. Chinese New Year Celebration. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Kirby Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth. Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20% of the world’s population and is the most important holiday in China and for Chinese people across the globe. Join in the festivities right here in Duluth with a dinnertime party! Great Performances and delicious Chinese food will be provided. Please RSVP with Dahui LI, dli@d.umn.edu. The cost is $10 for adults (middle school or older), $5 for elementary schoolers and preschoolers or younger are free.

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Monday, February 4. 5:30-8:30 PM. Spirit of Duluth: A Taste of Greece. Zeitgeist, 222 E Superior St, Duluth.  “A Taste of Greece” is the fifth gathering of the second season of the ‘Spirit of Duluth Film & Dinner Series’ at Zeitgeist. The evening is curated by some incredible Duluthians with a Greek heritage. Enjoy a delicious specially- prepared meal at 5:30 pm in our Cafe Mezzanine featuring: 1st course: Lemon chicken soup, 2nd course: Lamb stuffed Dolmas with tzatziki and cucumber, 3rd course: Grilled octopus with orzo and cucumber salad, and for dessert: Baklava. Then, at 7:30 pm in our Zinema 1 theater, we will show the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Directed by Joel Zwick & written by Nia Vardalos. 1 hour 35 minutes. A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to reserve a ticket for BOTH the dinner and the film if you plan to attend both. There is a fee for the dinner to help cover our costs. Film tickets are free, but you must reserve one.

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Tuesday, February 5. 6:30-8:30 PM. MRM Diversity Book Club. Many Rivers Montessori, Art Room (ground floor). Join us as the group continues its discussion of So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Questions? Contact daniel.morrison@manyriversmontessori.org

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Thursday, February 7. 5:00-7:00 PM. Social Justice Social. Duluth Cider, 2307 West Superior St, Duluth. The Duluth NAACP Young Adult Committee's quarterly (FREE) social is partnering with other organizations host this event for folks 21-40 years old who are interested in social justice. Child care provided.

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Friday, February 8. 7:30-9:00 PM. The Warner Reading Series Featuring Reyna Grande. Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth. Originally from Iguala, Guerrero, Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us, (Atria, 2012) where she writes about her life before and after coming from Mexico to the United States as an undocumented child immigrant. The much-anticipated sequel, A Dream Called Home was released last fall (Atria, 2018). Her books have been adopted as the common read selection by schools, colleges and cities across the country.

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Tuesday, February 12. 7:30-9:00 PM. The Idea of Israel. Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth. The 2018-19 season of the Alworth Peace & Justice Lecture Series continues its examination of the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and explores paths to resolution. Michael Brenner is professor of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich and Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies at American University. He has written eight books on Jewish history, the most recent being In Search of Israel. Free and open to the public.

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Thursday, February 14. 1:00-5:00 PM. 4th annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Memorial March. American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), 202 W 2nd St, Duluth. The Women’s Memorial March includes an honor feast for missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada and the US. Please join and help bring the needed visibility and and awareness of this growing epidemic. Be part of addressing this crisis as a community and help bring support to families as they honor lost loved ones. There will be a red ribbon memorial, red jingle dress and shawl round dance, as well as staff carriers and women’s staff.

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Saturday, February 16. 6:00-10:00 PM. Soul Food Dinner. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Kirby Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth. Join the UMD Black Student Association in this annual celebration of Black History Month.  Ticket Information: Students (Dinner and Show)- $7.00 in advance or $10 at the door; General Public (Dinner and Show) - $12 in advance or $15 at the door;  Children Under 5 - Free (if child needs a chair then tickets are $7.00).

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Wednesday, February 20. 5:00 PM. Bunky Echo Hawk: Live Painting and Discussion. University of Wisconsin - Superior, William Pope Wright Jr. Student Center, Old Main 232. Bunky Echo Hawk is one the best up-and-coming contemporary Native American artists in the country. He is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation of Washington State and also a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. Echo-Hawk attended the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he received an Associate Degree in Creative Writing. He has had recent major shows in Minneapolis, Chicago, New York and Greensboro, North Carolina. Echo Hawk is a featured artist on the highly acclaimed Impacted Nations national traveling art exhibition. He has also been featured in the Chicago Daily Herald, Native Peoples Magazine, Westword, The Daily Camera, The Colorado Daily and numerous other publications. Echo-Hawk is currently the Special Events Coordinator for the American Indian College Fund and a board member for NVision and the Denver Indian Center. Part of UWS's 2019 Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.

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Friday, February 22. 5:00-8:00 PM. Moments in the Movement. Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W Michigan St, Duluth. Freedom Dinner. Duluth’s NAACP branch is excited to announce our Freedom Fund Dinner, Reception, and Awards Ceremony. Duluth’s NAACP branch is excited to announce our Freedom Fund Dinner, Reception, & Awards Ceremony! The theme of this event builds on the historical moments in the ongoing movement for equity and justice and aspires us to mobilize our communities to continue this work together. The Freedom Fund event is the primary fundraising and ceremonial event for NAACP branches across the country. In these challenging times of political division, racial injustice and racial inequity, we must build on the past moments of the movement and create new movement moments. There remains much work to be done.

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Saturday, February 23. 5:00-9:00 PM. Annual Feast of Nations. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Kirby Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth. Join the International Club for the 52nd annual Feast of Nations, one of UMD’s biggest nights of the year! Featuring a worldly selection of foods, fashion, and performances from around the globe! Ticket Information: College Students: $10 Non- Students: $15 Show only: $7 Children 5 and under: free For more information contact Emily Drevlow at 218.726.7720 edrevlow@d.umn.edu.

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Saturday, February 23. 5:30-8:00 PM. Soul Food Dinner. Yellow Jacket Union Great Room, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Belknap and Catlin Ave, Superior. The Black Student Union will be holding its annual Soul Food Dinner with great food, fellowship, and entertainment. Music by DJ Veggie. Keynote speaker, Dr. Mary Canty Merrill Why Black Lives Matter (too) Tickets cost $7. You can purchase your tickets at  https://uwssoulfood2019.eventbrite.com.

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Tuesday, February 26. 5:00 PM. Multigenerational Trauma & Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. Pope Student Center (Old Main 232), University of Wisconsin-Superior, Belknap and Catlin Ave, Superior. A presentation and discussion by Dr. Jerel Benton and Kat Werchouski. The presentation is about historical and multi-generational trauma within both the African American and Native American communities. The presenters will give an overview of what historical trauma is, how it can be traced over time, how it is perpetuated in society today and what can be done to begin to heal and move forward. [Note: Rescheduled from the original time of 4 PM on 1/29].

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Tuesday, February 26. 6:30-8:00 PM. Many Rivers Montessori Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. MRM Cafeteria. Join other members of the MRM community in an exploration of DEI, what it means to us personally and for our school. This meeting will likely focus on our upcoming schoolwide Diversity Forum, just a few days away (March 2 from 9-12)!

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Wednesday, February 27. 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. UMD Annual Summit of Equity, Race and Ethnicity. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Kirby Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth. Dozens of workshops will be presented at the 2019 Summit on Equity, Race, and Ethnicity: Justice and Equity for All? Workshops will be offered by UMD faculty, staff and students as well as other community leaders. Speakers, films, interactive sessions, and discussions will be featured. Sponsored by Commission on Equity Race and Ethnicity, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Campus Climate, Kirby Student Center, and Kirby Leadership Institute.

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Thursday, February 28. 7:30 - 9:00 PM. 6th Annual Shades of Africa. Weber Music Hall, 1151 University Dr, Duluth. The Festival is a tribute to African American women composers and features performances by UMD music faculty including flutist Paula Gudmundson. Adults $11.00/Senior, Veterans $9.00/Faculty, Staff and Students $6.00/ UMD Students $4.00. Visit tickets.umn.edu or call the box office at 218-726-8877. Sponsored by UMD Department of Music.

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Saturday, March 2. 9:00-12:00. Was That Offensive? Stereotypes, Microagressions and Intent vs. Impact. Many Rivers Montessori Diversity Forum with Carl Crawford (City of Duluth Human Rights Officer) and Nam Provost (Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Minneapolis Institute of Art). Many Rivers Montessori Cafeteria. Parents, faculty and staff, board members and students grades 6-8 are strongly encouraged to attend for learning and skill-building in three major areas: Stereotypes, Microaggressions, and Intent vs. Impact.


Saturday, March 2. UWS Cultural Night. University of Wisconsin-Superior. The perfect way to cap-off your Saturday after attending the MRM Diversity Forum! Theme, time and on-campus location are TBD.


Tuesday, March 5. 5:00 PM. Linda Legarde Grover: Back to Sweetgrass. University of Wisconsin-Superior, William Pope Wright, Jr. Student Center, 232 Old Main. Part of the UWS Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.


Thursday, March 21 (7:30 PM) - Saturday, March 23. What She Said: One Act Festival. Underground Theater. The celebration of original one-acts returns for its third year! Written by women all over the world and directed by women from across the Twin Ports, this series of short plays highlights women voices and everything they have to say.


Tuesday, March 26. 6:00 PM. Commander John Herrington. University of Wisconsin-Superior, Yellowjacket Union Great Room. Commander Herrington is the first member of a federally recognized tribe (Chickasaw) to travel to space. Part of the UWS Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.


Tuesday, March 26 7:30-9:30 PM. Stand Up For Peace. Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica.  Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah are humorists and comedians from New York City, each with an impressive career of his own. Blakeman is a Jew, and Obeidallah an Arab, the son of a Palestinian father. Both men aim to build bridges, promote tolerance and encourage conflict resolution among Jews, Muslims, Arabs and people of all backgrounds and religions. They’ll come together on the Mitchell stage with a performance that reflects their philosophy that “if we can laugh together, we can live together.”


April 4. 7:00-9:00 PM. Book launch. Linda Legarde Grover. In the Night of Memory. Zenith Bookstore. In her new novel, Ms. Grover writes about two lost sisters, who find family, and themselves, among the voices of an Ojibwe reservation. Some ruptures simply cannot be repaired; they can only be lived through, or lived with. Grover returns to the fictional Mozhay Point Reservation in this nuanced, moving, often humorous picture of two Ojibwe girls becoming women in the long, sharply etched shadow of Native American history. Linda LeGarde Grover is professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe.


Wednesday, April 24. 6:00 PM. Austin Channing Brown. University of Wisconsin-Superior, Yellowjacket Union Great Room. Author: I'm Still Here | Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Final event in the UWS 2019 Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.



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MRM Diversity Digest: Issue 3 Supplement

This supplement to 2019's Issue 3 includes some rescheduled events (due to this week's polar vortex) as well as some brand new additions. First up: Frankie Cox Story's opening night tomorrow (Friday, February 1). Enjoy and stay warm!


*Friday, February 1. 7:00 - 9:00 PM. Frankie Cox Story (opening night). Douglas County Historical Society, 1101 John Ave, Superior. The Douglas County Historical Society brings audiences back to Tony's Cabaret on Third Street with "The Frankie Cox Story." Cox performed at Tony's for 44 years. The society's History Theatre takes a look at Cox's life — from his youth, through his teen years, to his becoming a husband and father, his years blowing his trumpet at Tony's Cabaret. This original play written and produced by Wes Kruse, with music by Randy Lee and his Hot Five will take you back in time to the raucous days of Superior's north end waterfront. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. [The play features MRM’s own Trok Family playing Frankie Cox at different stages of life -- and other roles].

    *More performances at 7 p.m. Feb. 1, 2, 8, 9 and 2 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10.

Meredith Cornett, Ethan Perry and Charlotte will be attending the performance on Saturday 2/9. Email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org to coordinate.

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Saturday, February 2. 5:30 PM. Chinese New Year Celebration. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Kirby Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth. Chinese New Year is celebrated by more than 20% of the world’s population and is the most important holiday in China and for Chinese people across the globe. Join in the festivities right here in Duluth with a dinnertime party! Great Performances and delicious Chinese food will be provided. Please RSVP with Dahui LI, dli@d.umn.edu. The cost is $10 for adults (middle school or older), $5 for elementary schoolers and preschoolers or younger are free.

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Monday, February 4. 5:30-8:30 PM. Spirit of Duluth: A Taste of Greece. Zeitgeist, 222 E Superior St, Duluth.  “A Taste of Greece” is the fifth gathering of the second season of the ‘Spirit of Duluth Film & Dinner Series’ at Zeitgeist. The evening is curated by some incredible Duluthians with a Greek heritage. Enjoy a delicious specially- prepared meal at 5:30 pm in our Cafe Mezzanine featuring: 1st course: Lemon chicken soup, 2nd course: Lamb stuffed Dolmas with tzatziki and cucumber, 3rd course: Grilled octopus with orzo and cucumber salad, and for dessert: Baklava. Then, at 7:30 pm in our Zinema 1 theater, we will show the film My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Directed by Joel Zwick & written by Nia Vardalos. 1 hour 35 minutes. A young Greek woman falls in love with a non-Greek and struggles to get her family to accept him while she comes to terms with her heritage and cultural identity. PLEASE NOTE: You will need to reserve a ticket for BOTH the dinner and the film if you plan to attend both. There is a fee for the dinner to help cover our costs. Film tickets are free, but you must reserve one.

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Tuesday, February 5. 6:30-8:30 PM. MRM Diversity Book Club. Many Rivers Montessori, Art Room (ground floor). Join us as the group continues its discussion of So You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Questions? Contact daniel.morrison@manyriversmontessori.org

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Thursday, February 7. 5:00-7:00 PM. Social Justice Social. Duluth Cider, 2307 West Superior St, Duluth. The Duluth NAACP Young Adult Committee's quarterly (FREE) social is partnering with other organizations host this event for folks 21-40 years old who are interested in social justice. Child care provided.

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Friday, February 8. 7:30-9:00 PM. The Warner Reading Series Featuring Reyna Grande. Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth. Originally from Iguala, Guerrero, Reyna Grande is the author of the bestselling memoir, The Distance Between Us, (Atria, 2012) where she writes about her life before and after coming from Mexico to the United States as an undocumented child immigrant. The much-anticipated sequel, A Dream Called Home was released last fall (Atria, 2018). Her books have been adopted as the common read selection by schools, colleges and cities across the country.

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Tuesday, February 12. 7:30-9:00 PM. The Idea of Israel. Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica, 1200 Kenwood Ave, Duluth. The 2018-19 season of the Alworth Peace & Justice Lecture Series continues its examination of the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and explores paths to resolution. Michael Brenner is professor of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich and Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies at American University. He has written eight books on Jewish history, the most recent being In Search of Israel. Free and open to the public.

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Thursday, February 14. 1:00-5:00 PM. 4th annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Memorial March. American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), 202 W 2nd St, Duluth. The Women’s Memorial March includes an honor feast for missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada and the US. Please join and help bring the needed visibility and and awareness of this growing epidemic. Be part of addressing this crisis as a community and help bring support to families as they honor lost loved ones. There will be a red ribbon memorial, red jingle dress and shawl round dance, as well as staff carriers and women’s staff.

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Saturday, February 16. 6:00-10:00 PM. Soul Food Dinner. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Kirby Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth. Join the UMD Black Student Association in this annual celebration of Black History Month.  Ticket Information: Students (Dinner and Show)- $7.00 in advance or $10 at the door; General Public (Dinner and Show) - $12 in advance or $15 at the door;  Children Under 5 - Free (if child needs a chair then tickets are $7.00).

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Wednesday, February 20. 5:00 PM. Bunky Echo Hawk: Live Painting and Discussion. University of Wisconsin - Superior, William Pope Wright Jr. Student Center, Old Main 232. Bunky Echo Hawk is one the best up-and-coming contemporary Native American artists in the country. He is an enrolled member of the Yakama Nation of Washington State and also a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. Echo-Hawk attended the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he received an Associate Degree in Creative Writing. He has had recent major shows in Minneapolis, Chicago, New York and Greensboro, North Carolina. Echo Hawk is a featured artist on the highly acclaimed Impacted Nations national traveling art exhibition. He has also been featured in the Chicago Daily Herald, Native Peoples Magazine, Westword, The Daily Camera, The Colorado Daily and numerous other publications. Echo-Hawk is currently the Special Events Coordinator for the American Indian College Fund and a board member for NVision and the Denver Indian Center. Part of UWS's 2019 Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.

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Friday, February 22. 5:00-8:00 PM. Moments in the Movement. Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W Michigan St, Duluth. Freedom Dinner. Duluth’s NAACP branch is excited to announce our Freedom Fund Dinner, Reception, and Awards Ceremony. Duluth’s NAACP branch is excited to announce our Freedom Fund Dinner, Reception, & Awards Ceremony! The theme of this event builds on the historical moments in the ongoing movement for equity and justice and aspires us to mobilize our communities to continue this work together. The Freedom Fund event is the primary fundraising and ceremonial event for NAACP branches across the country. In these challenging times of political division, racial injustice and racial inequity, we must build on the past moments of the movement and create new movement moments. There remains much work to be done.

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Saturday, February 23. 5:00-9:00 PM. Annual Feast of Nations. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Kirby Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth. Join the International Club for the 52nd annual Feast of Nations, one of UMD’s biggest nights of the year! Featuring a worldly selection of foods, fashion, and performances from around the globe! Ticket Information: College Students: $10 Non- Students: $15 Show only: $7 Children 5 and under: free For more information contact Emily Drevlow at 218.726.7720 edrevlow@d.umn.edu.

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Saturday, February 23. 5:30-8:00 PM. Soul Food Dinner. Yellow Jacket Union Great Room, University of Wisconsin-Superior, Belknap and Catlin Ave, Superior. The Black Student Union will be holding its annual Soul Food Dinner with great food, fellowship, and entertainment. Music by DJ Veggie. Keynote speaker, Dr. Mary Canty Merrill Why Black Lives Matter (too) Tickets cost $7. You can purchase your tickets at  https://uwssoulfood2019.eventbrite.com.

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Tuesday, February 26. 5:00 PM. Multigenerational Trauma & Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. Pope Student Center (Old Main 232), University of Wisconsin-Superior, Belknap and Catlin Ave, Superior. A presentation and discussion by Dr. Jerel Benton and Kat Werchouski. The presentation is about historical and multi-generational trauma within both the African American and Native American communities. The presenters will give an overview of what historical trauma is, how it can be traced over time, how it is perpetuated in society today and what can be done to begin to heal and move forward. [Note: Rescheduled from the original time of 4 PM on 1/29].

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Tuesday, February 26. 6:30-8:00 PM. Many Rivers Montessori Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. MRM Cafeteria. Join other members of the MRM community in an exploration of DEI, what it means to us personally and for our school. This meeting will likely focus on our upcoming schoolwide Diversity Forum, just a few days away (March 2 from 9-12)!

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Wednesday, February 27. 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. UMD Annual Summit of Equity, Race and Ethnicity. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Kirby Ballroom, 1120 Kirby Drive, Duluth. Dozens of workshops will be presented at the 2019 Summit on Equity, Race, and Ethnicity: Justice and Equity for All? Workshops will be offered by UMD faculty, staff and students as well as other community leaders. Speakers, films, interactive sessions, and discussions will be featured. Sponsored by Commission on Equity Race and Ethnicity, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Campus Climate, Kirby Student Center, and Kirby Leadership Institute.

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Thursday, February 28. 7:30 - 9:00 PM. 6th Annual Shades of Africa. Weber Music Hall, 1151 University Dr, Duluth. The Festival is a tribute to African American women composers and features performances by UMD music faculty including flutist Paula Gudmundson. Adults $11.00/Senior, Veterans $9.00/Faculty, Staff and Students $6.00/ UMD Students $4.00. Visit tickets.umn.edu or call the box office at 218-726-8877. Sponsored by UMD Department of Music.

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Saturday, March 2. 9:00-12:00. Was That Offensive? Stereotypes, Microagressions and Intent vs. Impact. Many Rivers Montessori Diversity Forum with Carl Crawford (City of Duluth Human Rights Officer) and Nam Provost (Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Minneapolis Institute of Art). Many Rivers Montessori Cafeteria. Parents, faculty and staff, board members and students grades 6-8 are strongly encouraged to attend for learning and skill-building in three major areas: Stereotypes, Microaggressions, and Intent vs. Impact.


Saturday, March 2. UWS Cultural Night. University of Wisconsin-Superior. The perfect way to cap-off your Saturday after attending the MRM Diversity Forum! Theme, time and on-campus location are TBD.


Tuesday, March 5. 5:00 PM. Linda Legarde Grover: Back to Sweetgrass. University of Wisconsin-Superior, William Pope Wright, Jr. Student Center, 232 Old Main. Part of the UWS Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.


Thursday, March 21 (7:30 PM) - Saturday, March 23. What She Said: One Act Festival. Underground Theater. The celebration of original one-acts returns for its third year! Written by women all over the world and directed by women from across the Twin Ports, this series of short plays highlights women voices and everything they have to say.


Tuesday, March 26. 6:00 PM. Commander John Herrington. University of Wisconsin-Superior, Yellowjacket Union Great Room. Commander Herrington is the first member of a federally recognized tribe (Chickasaw) to travel to space. Part of the UWS Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.


Tuesday, March 26 7:30-9:30 PM. Stand Up For Peace. Mitchell Auditorium, College of St. Scholastica.  Scott Blakeman and Dean Obeidallah are humorists and comedians from New York City, each with an impressive career of his own. Blakeman is a Jew, and Obeidallah an Arab, the son of a Palestinian father. Both men aim to build bridges, promote tolerance and encourage conflict resolution among Jews, Muslims, Arabs and people of all backgrounds and religions. They’ll come together on the Mitchell stage with a performance that reflects their philosophy that “if we can laugh together, we can live together.”


April 4. 7:00-9:00 PM. Book launch. Linda Legarde Grover. In the Night of Memory. Zenith Bookstore. In her new novel, Ms. Grover writes about two lost sisters, who find family, and themselves, among the voices of an Ojibwe reservation. Some ruptures simply cannot be repaired; they can only be lived through, or lived with. Grover returns to the fictional Mozhay Point Reservation in this nuanced, moving, often humorous picture of two Ojibwe girls becoming women in the long, sharply etched shadow of Native American history. Linda LeGarde Grover is professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe.


Wednesday, April 24. 6:00 PM. Austin Channing Brown. University of Wisconsin-Superior, Yellowjacket Union Great Room. Author: I'm Still Here | Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Final event in the UWS 2019 Distinguished Diversity Lecture and Art Series.


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MRM Diversity Digest 2019 Issue 2 January 14


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.

The Diversity Digest is brought to you by the MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. We are pleased to offer this summary of cultural events, broadcasts and workshops at MRM and around the Twin Ports. Many, but not all, of these listings are child friendly. Use your own judgment to decide what is or is not appropriate for your child. Please email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org to submit timely events.


MRM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) meets the third Tuesday of every month. Our next DEI Committee gathering is January 15 at 6:30 PM. All are welcome! Please email jennifer.lien@manyriversmontessori.org for more info.


On Your Own

Men | Scene on Radio. A podcast from the center for documentary studies at Duke University and distributed by PRX. What’s up with this male-dominated world? How did we get sexism, patriarchy and misogyny in the first place? How can we get better at seeing it, and what can we do about it? Co-hosts John Biewen and Celeste Headlee explore those questions and more.



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Tuesday, January 15. 6:30-8:00 PM. Many Rivers Montessori Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. MRM Cafeteria. Join other members of the MRM community in an exploration of DEI, what it means to us personally and for our school.

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Wednesday, January 16. 7:30-9:00 PM. Restorative Justice: From Law and Order to Human Connection. Zeitgeist Teatro Zuccone, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. TED at the Teatro will start off with local innovative singer / songwriter Jacob Mahon. Then, we’ll address a really great topic, restorative justice. We’ll watch the TEDx video called “Forgiveness in the Criminal Justice System.” We’ll then hear a panel of local experts talk about restorative justice, including Ted Lewis, Judge Shaun Floerke & Professor Emily Gaarder. It should prove to be a phenomenal evening.

MRM DEI Committee Members Meredith Cornett and Jennifer Lien will be attending! Email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org if you are interested.

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Thursday, January 17. 6:00-8:30 PM. Understanding White Privilege. Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2310 E 4th St, Duluth. As part of Churches United in Ministry’s (CHUM's) work to promote justice and equity, we are offering this workshop in partnership with Cultural Fluency Associates. If you've wondered about "privilege" and what it means, and are interested in learning how to talk about it, think about it, and act to promote fairness and equity - this is a great workshop for you. There is no cost for the workshop - but please RSVP by clicking the link under tickets. We'll have a light meal at 6:00 and then the workshop will run from 6:30 - 8:30. Please share this widely as it is an open event for our community.

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Monday, January 21. 7:00-9:00 AM. Twin Ports MLK Tribute Breakfast Program. Coppertop Church, 230 E Skyline Pkwy, Duluth. Free community breakfast and program. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Community Breakfast has been happening in Duluth since 2002. This breakfast is intended to bring the community together to honor Dr. King's life and to work towards fulfilling his vision. At our breakfast program in Duluth, we will have a welcome and blessing given by Pastor Jeanne Alexander, live stream the Minneapolis MLK, Jr. celebration featuring speakers and performers, and a freewill offering for St. Mark AME Church and the MLK Tribute Events. The program is family oriented and food will be served by the African American Men’s Group.

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Monday, January 21. 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Twin Ports MLK Tribute March. Washington Community Recreation Center, 310 N 1st Ave W, Duluth. March in solidarity, united in the fight against systemic racism and oppression. Gather at 10:00 at Washington Center (corner of 4th St. and Lake Ave.) Free food and hot beverages will be served. Get there in time for your free MLK button! At 10:30, we will go over chants and songs for the march. Then at 10:45am, we will have a few words from our NAACP president. We will march off promptly at 11:00. The route is from Washington Center through downtown to the DECC where our MLK Rally will commence. MRM DEI Committee Members Meredith Cornett and Ethan Perry will be attending. Email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori if you are interested.

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Monday, January 21. 12:00-1:30 PM. Twin Ports MLK Rally. Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC), 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth. The Rally’s Theme: The Current Crisis in Race Relations. The Rally will be emceed by Tolu Ekisola and the Keynote Speaker is Me'Lea Connelly. Performers will include Dee VanDassor & Joyce, who will sing the Negro National Anthem, ARE Poets, and Major Attraktion Dance Group. The Drum Major for Peace Awards will be announced and presented and the new NAACP Executive Officers will be installed. There will be children’s activities, a selfie photo booth, vendors, and free MLK buttons while supplies last outside the DECC hall before and shortly after the Rally. This year's theme comes from an article by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., submitted for publication in March 1958. In the full title, “The Current Crisis in Race Relations,” King tells us that the crisis had been affirmed by the reactions of the country to the Supreme Court’s decision to integrate schools. King goes on to explain that the crisis not only exists because of White resistance but because Black people saw themselves as equals, making it impossible to accept the system of segregation. Dr. King also speaks to the theological reasoning for nonviolence and integration. He believed that nonviolence was simply Christianity in action –“passive physically” but “aggressive spiritually.” Nonviolence combats the evil committed by individuals rather than combating the individuals committing evil. King says “ The tension is at bottom between justice and injustice, between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. And if there is a victory it will be a victory, not merely for fifty thousand Negroes, but a victory for justice and the forces of light.” The rally will be interpreted into American Sign Language and recorded for broadcast.

MRM DEI Committee Members Meredith Cornett and Ethan Perry will be attending. Email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori if you are interested.

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Tuesday, January 22. 6:00-8:00 PM. ARE Open Mic Night. Zeitgeist Atrium, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. A bi-weekly open mic night, hosted by ARE, for youth in the community to share their poetry, verses, and stories. Any youth in the community are welcome to participate and share. Those who wish to support are more than welcome to attend and help elevate the platform of these amazing individuals.

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Thursday, January 31. 5:30-7:30 PM. AICHO’s Akawe Nibi Community Pop-up Event. Niiwin Indigenous Foods Market , 102 E 4th St, Duluth (formerly 4th Street Market). The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) will host the first in a series of upcoming once-a-month (through September) community pop-up events focused on local and regional Indigenous foods, and cultural food systems. Free and open to the public. The first event, entitled “Akawe Nibi: Water First,” will include hands-on fun cultural, educational, art, music, and Ojibwe language activities where attendees will learn about the Anishinaabe cultural significance regarding the sacredness of water, the health benefits of not drinking sugary beverages, and how to create healthy, delicious, and affordable Indigenous fruit and herb-infused water. Goals of these community pop-up events are to create access to, and increase resources for, Indigenous food systems and healthy foods in Duluth, and incorporate community input into development of new Indigenous corner store/deli/coffee shop in Central Hillside neighborhood of Duluth.

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Friday, February 22. 5:00-8:00 PM. Moments in the Movement. Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W Michigan St, Duluth. Freedom Dinner. Duluth’s NAACP branch is excited to announce our Freedom Fund Dinner, Reception, & Awards Ceremony.


Saturday, March 2. 8:30-11:30. Many Rivers Montessori Diversity Forum with Carl Crawford (City of Duluth Human Rights Officer) and Nam Provost (Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Minneapolis Institute of Art). Many Rivers Montessori Cafeteria. Parents, faculty and staff, board members and students grades 6-8 are strongly encouraged to attend.


March 21-23. 7:30. What She Said: One Act Festival. Underground. The celebration of original one-acts returns for its third year! Written by women all over the world and directed by women from across the Twin Ports, this series of short plays highlights women voices and everything they have to say.

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MRM Diversity Digest 2019, Issue 1

MRM Diversity Digest 2019

Issue 1

January 2

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.

The Diversity Digest is brought to you by the MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. We are pleased to offer this summary of cultural events, broadcasts and workshops at MRM and around the Twin Ports. Many, but not all, of these listings are child friendly. Use your own judgment to decide what is or is not appropriate for your child. Please email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org to submit timely events.


MRM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) meets the third Tuesday of every month. Our next DEI Committee gathering is January 15 at 6:30 PM. All are welcome! Please email jennifer.lien@manyriversmontessori.org for more info.


On Your Own

Democracy from the Margins | Ceasar McDowell | TEDxIndianaUniversity. MRM’s DEI Committee viewed this short video at our December 2018 meeting. McDowell talks about movements that reframe ideas and bring connection. He notes that we tend to design for the middle and forget about the margins. But movements say it’s at the margins that we have to concentrate our design. “If we pay attention to the margins and design for them, we actually will cover the middle. [Like a tent,] the further out you stake it, the stronger the structure you get.” People at the margins are living with the failures of the systems and creating adaptive solutions to them. If we design and take care of them, we build stronger systems than everyone. What might designing from the margins look like for our school and community?



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Friday, January 4. 5:30-7:30 PM. Bring Her Home: Stolen Daughters of Turtle Island. American Indian Housing Organization (AICHO) Galleries, Robert W. Powless Cultural Center, 202 W. 2nd St, Duluth. Join us for the traveling Bring Her Home Exhibit’s final stop at AICHO Galleries. Bring Her Home highlights the ongoing epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women. In light of the regional movement to stop sexual exploitation and the international #MMIW awareness campaign, Bring Her Home shares visual stories of the impacted women. Emerging curator and artist, Angela Two Stars, brings together these artists to reclaim the identities of missing and murdered indigenous women. Rather than reduce the issue to a statistic, she challenges us to honor the life of each indigenous woman as we would a sister, a wife, a mother, a best friend, a cousin, or a daughter. This event is free and open to the public, with a $10 suggested donation to support the expansion of AICHO’s Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter. Guest speakers TBA.


Tuesday, January 8. 6:00-8:00 PM. ARE Open Mic Night. Zeitgeist, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. The ARE Youth Spoken Word OPEN MIC is a FREE platform for all Twin Ports youths to sharpen their performance skills while having fun with the community at large. It is organized by ARE and seeks to transcend the culture of spoken word in the Twin Ports for all. ARE is focused on encouraging youth voices and defining the culture of spoken word poetry in the Twin Ports. Ages 13 to 19 get first dibs. Contact Daniel Oyinolye, arepoets@gmail.com, (952) 201 7352.


Tuesday, January 8. 6:30-8:30 PM. Diversity Book Club. Many Rivers Montessori Cafeteria.

We live in a diverse world. As individuals, how do we engage this diversity? As parents and educators, what values surrounding diversity are we passing on to our children? Can we move beyond merely celebrating diversity, and towards equity and inclusion? Join your fellow MRM community members as we intentionally learn and grow together, engaging these issues in depth. We are currently reading Ijeoma Oluo's So You Want to Talk About Race (a few chapters each month) and then moving on to Jennifer Harvey's Raising White Kids. Questions? Contact daniel.morrison@manyriversmontessori.org.


Sunday, January 20. 4:00-6:00 PM. Twin Ports MLK Tribute Interfaith Worship Service. Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N 11th Ave E, Duluth. Join diverse communities of faith in supporting Dr. King's message. Rev. Tracey Gibson of St. Mark AME Church will lead in this inclusive service, which will bridge this year's local theme of "The Current Crisis" with the Minnesota state-wide theme of "Doing for Others: A Call to Social Action." Some of the highlighted voices will include Dr. Jerel Benton, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity at UWS, the Wayman A.M.E. Men's Chorus, Rickie Defoe - Fond du Lac Ojibwe tribal member and spiritual advisor, Rabbi David Strindberg of Temple Israel, and Henry Banks, Host "People of Color with Henry Banks" WPR radio program. We will break bread and birthday cake together following the service. Any donations collected will go to St. Mark AME church towards accessibility. The service will be interpreted into American Sign Language.


Monday, January 21. 7:00-9:00 AM. Twin Ports MLK Tribute Breakfast Program. Coppertop Church, 230 E Skyline Pkwy, Duluth. Free community breakfast and program. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Community Breakfast has been happening in Duluth since 2002. This breakfast is intended to bring the community together to honor Dr. King's life and to work towards fulfilling his vision. At our breakfast program in Duluth, we will have a welcome and blessing given by Pastor Jeanne Alexander, live stream the Minneapolis MLK, Jr. celebration featuring speakers and performers, and a freewill offering for St. Mark AME Church and the MLK Tribute Events. The program is family oriented and food will be served by the African American Men’s Group.


Monday, January 21. 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Twin Ports MLK Tribute March. Washington Community Recreation Center, 310 N 1st Ave W, Duluth. March in solidarity, united in the fight against systemic racism and oppression. Gather at 10:00 at Washington Center (corner of 4th St. and Lake Ave.) Free food and hot beverages will be served. Get there in time for your free MLK button! At 10:30, we will go over chants and songs for the march. Then at 10:45am, we will have a few words from our NAACP president. We will march off promptly at 11:00. The route is from Washington Center through downtown to the DECC where our MLK Rally will commence.


Monday, January 21. 12:00-1:30 PM. Twin Ports MLK Rally. Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center (DECC), 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth. The Rally’s Theme: The Current Crisis in Race Relations. The Rally will be emceed by Tolu Ekisola and the Keynote Speaker is Me'Lea Connelly. Performers will include Dee VanDassor & Joyce, who will sing the Negro National Anthem, ARE Poets, and Major Attraktion Dance Group. The Drum Major for Peace Awards will be announced and presented and the new NAACP Executive Officers will be installed. There will be children’s activities, a selfie photo booth, vendors, and free MLK buttons while supplies last outside the DECC hall before and shortly after the Rally. This year's theme comes from an article by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., submitted for publication in March 1958. In the full title, “The Current Crisis in Race Relations,” King tells us that the crisis had been affirmed by the reactions of the country to the Supreme Court’s decision to integrate schools. King goes on to explain that the crisis not only exists because of White resistance but because Black people saw themselves as equals, making it impossible to accept the system of segregation. Dr. King also speaks to the theological reasoning for nonviolence and integration. He believed that nonviolence was simply Christianity in action –“passive physically” but “aggressive spiritually.” Nonviolence combats the evil committed by individuals rather than combating the individuals committing evil. King says “ The tension is at bottom between justice and injustice, between the forces of light and the forces of darkness. And if there is a victory it will be a victory, not merely for fifty thousand Negroes, but a victory for justice and the forces of light.” The rally will be interpreted into American Sign Language and recorded for broadcast.


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Thursday, January 31. 5:30-7:30 PM. AICHO’s Akawe Nibi Community Pop-up Event. The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) will host the first in a series of upcoming once-a-month (through September) community pop-up events focused on local and regional Indigenous foods, and cultural food systems.


Friday, February 22. 5:00-8:00 PM. Moments in the Movement. Clyde Iron Works, 2920 W Michigan St, Duluth. Freedom Dinner. Duluth’s NAACP branch is excited to announce our Freedom Fund Dinner, Reception, & Awards Ceremony.


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MRM Diversity Digest Issue 17 - Back to School Edition September 6, 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.

Welcome to the Back-to-School edition of the Diversity Digest, brought to you by the MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. We are pleased to offer this summary of cultural events, broadcasts and workshops at MRM and around the Twin Ports—as well as some resources to explore on your own. Many, but not all, of these listings are child friendly. Use your own judgment to decide what is or is not appropriate for your child. Please email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org to submit timely events. Remember to check out our new shareable calendar for all events: DEI Digest

MRM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) meets the third Tuesday of every month. Our next gathering is September 18 at 6:00 PM. All are welcome! Please email jennifer.lien@manyriversmontessori.org for more info.

 

On Your Own

2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. Jacqueline Woodson, award- winning author of Brown Girl, Dreaming has been appointed by the Librarian of Congress as the sixth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. She has written a variety of books for middle schoolers/young adults as well as picture books, etc. Last fall, the DEI Committee attended a “Reading without Walls” book event by Gene Luen Yang, the previous Ambassador, which led to a great year exploring the layered diversity themes in his graphic novels. Although we don’t know of any visits to Duluth planned by Ms. Woodson, enjoying her books with our kids is a great way to stay connected to the National Ambassador program! And check out the books by other Emeritus Ambassadors here.

 

               

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Saturday, September 8. 3:00-4:00 PM. Songs and Stories of Resistance. Duluth Coffee Company, 101 East Superior Street, Duluth. Daira Quiñones is an Afro-Colombian storyteller, singer/songwriter, and peace builder and will be sharing story and song with community. "There is a strong rupture in our society. We need to heal ourselves and heal our territories to generate a good relationship that can build peace. I believe songs have the power to arrive to someone and heal. My peace is connected to your peace and equally your peace is my peace. Peace can happen when your problem becomes my problem.” Light refreshments will be provided during intermission. Event is free and open to all. Donations are gratefully accepted. Hosted by Witness for Peace Midwest.

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Sunday, September 16. 12:00 to 5:00 PM. Music from the Alps to the Adriatic: A Cultural Event. Gary New Duluth Cultural Center, 801 101st Ave W, Duluth. Experience music and food from the Alps to the Adriatic at the GND Performance Pavilion. Slovenian, tamburica, klezmer and gypsy music by the Singing Slovenes and the Sammy Miltich Tamburica Ensemble. Ethnic foods including bakery items starting at noon with entertainment starting at 1 p.m.

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Monday, September 17. 6:00-6:30 PM. Ojibwe Stories. Ojibwe Stories is a program of Ojibwe culture, language and ideas, airing every third Monday of the month on 103.3 FM KUMD. The show is hosted by Dr. Erik Redix, an assistant professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. Ojibwe Stories is produced by Chris Harwood at KUMD and the UMD Department of American Indian Studies.

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Tuesday, September 18. 7:00-8:30 PM. Not My Idea: A Book about Whiteness. Author event with Anastasia Higginbotham. Zenith Bookstore, 318 N Central Ave, Duluth. Not My Idea invites families to acknowledge the ways white children are conditioned to feel apart from conversations about race. It’s the fourth and latest book in her Ordinary Terrible Things series. In the book a white child sees TV coverage of a police shooting — and has some questions. Higginbotham is the author and illustrator of Divorce is the Worst, Death is Stupid and Tell Me About Sex, Grandma — all part of the critically-acclaimed Ordinary Terrible Things series. She lives in Brooklyn.

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Friday, September 21 - Saturday, September 22. FEmnFEST. Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W 4th St, Duluth. The second annual FEmnFEST is a feminist festival featuring music, art, films, workshops, education and connection. There will be a maze of vendors, artists and art installations. Mission: To seek and promote gender balance in the arts industry by displaying dynamic diverse representation, increasing visibility, and amplifying underrepresented voices. Check website for updates to times and performance schedules. Starts at 4:00 PM on 9/21.

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Saturday, September 22. 5:30 PM. Chinese Mid Autumn Festival.  Kirby Ballroom, University of Minnesota-Duluth. The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is a major celebration in China, second only to the Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year. This celebration, also known as the Moon Festival, is always celebrated in the middle of the autumn season when the moon is at its roundest and brightest.Sponsored by DSACA. Cost is $10 for adults and middle-schoolers, $5 for elementary and free for preschoolers or younger. Contact jennifer.lien@manyriversmontessori.org if you are interested in attending.

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Planning ahead? Visit the DEI Digest Calendar for updates, corrections and more upcoming events.

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Diversity Digest: Issue 15

MRM Diversity Digest

Issue 15

May 1, 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.

Welcome to Issue 15 of the Diversity Digest, brought to you by the MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. We are pleased to offer this summary of cultural events, broadcasts and workshops at MRM and around the Twin Ports—as well as some resources to explore on your own. Please email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org to submit timely events. Remember to check out our new shareable calendar for all events: DEI Digest

MRM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) meets the third Tuesday of every month, at the Jefferson Campus. Our next gathering is May 22 at 6:00 PM. All are welcome! Please email jennifer.lien@manyriversmontessori.org for more info.

 

On Your Own

100 Race Conscious Things You Can Say to your Child to Advance Racial Justice. The DEI Committee discussed this resource at our April meeting and wanted to share it with the broader community. What is the age-appropriate time to discuss these topics with our children? For some of our families, our lived experience makes discussing these themes absolutely necessary at a very early age. Let us know what you think about dedicating a future Diversity Forum to this important topic.

 

Around the Twin Ports

Tuesday, May 1. 7:30 PM. UWS Steel Drums Concert 2018. University of Wisconsin-Superior Thorpe-Langley Auditorium, 1710 Weeks Ave, Superior 54880. The University of Wisconsin-Superior Music Department hosts its ninth annual steel drums concert. The show will feature Caribbean music from Trinidad and hand drumming from Africa and Latin America. The Korean samul nori drums and gongs will be played for the first time in conjunction with this ensemble. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for students.

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Thursday, May 3. 4:30 to 6:00 PM. Kids Speak Out! Washington Community Recreation Center, 310 N 1st Ave West, Duluth 55806. You are invited to 'Kids Speak Out!'--a collaboration between students from across Duluth highlighting student leadership on real issues. During this event, youth will speak on issues that are important to them such as school curriculum, food access, outdoor spaces, summer opportunities, etc. There will be a showcase of student poetry, art, dance, student speakers and student research projects. Food will be provided by Martha's Daughter restaurant. Please join us! Partners: Neighborhood Youth Services, Kids' Kitchen, Family Freedom Center, Valley Youth Center and the Little Y at Harbor Highlands (Duluth YMCA).

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Sunday, May 6. 12:00 to 8:00 PM. Honoring Our Students Spring Powwow. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College 2101 14th St, Cloquet 55720. Join the students and employees at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College for the Annual Ziigwan Niimi'idiwin Honoring Our Students Spring Powwow in the Lester Jack Briggs Cultural Center Gymnasium on campus. Grand Entries are at Noon and 6:00 p.m., with a traditional feast served between 4:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.
Featuring Men's Grass Dance Special, Women's Jingle Dress Special, Hand Drum Competition, Moccasin Games, and a Ribbon Shirt & Skirt Show. For more information, call Jeremy Wilson at 218-879-0864 or via email to jwilson@fdltcc.edu. Open to everyone, no admission fee required. This event is organized and sponsored by the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Anishinaabe Student Council and Student Life Program. Kid friendly.

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Monday, May 7. 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Concert featuring Karla Lara and José Antonio Velásquez

Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), 202 W 2nd St, Duluth 55802. Witness for Peace Midwest is excited to host Karla Lara, a well-known feminist singer and organizer from the Honduran resistance, and virtuoso jazz musician, pianist and composer José Antonio Velásquez. Their songs will address the struggle for justice, the legacy of Berta Cáceres, the struggle for territorial autonomy, and the fight against the extractive model of development. The event is free and open to all, although any donations will be gratefully accepted.

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*Tuesday, May 8. 7:00 to 9:00 PM. ARE Youth Spoken Word Open Mic. Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. The ARE Youth Spoken Word OPEN MIC is a FREE platform for all Twin Ports youths to sharpen their performance skills while having fun with the community at large. It is organized by ARE and seeks to transcend the culture of spoken word in the Twin Ports for all. Ages 13 to 19 get first dibs. Contact Daniel O., arepoets@gmail.com, (952) 201 7352.

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Saturday, May 12. 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Contemporary Woodland Applique Techniques. AICHO's Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 212 W. 2nd Street in Duluth. Join us as we take a look at the unique history and designs used in the Great Lakes Indigenous cultural arts. AICHO will host presenters Delina White, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, and Joy Campaigne, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, will present a photographic journey of their year-long mentorship; "The Importance of Sharing Inter-generational Cultural and Traditional Knowledge through Art." The audience will learn about the process of contemporary applique on clothing based on traditional exploration of the art history of the Great Lakes Indigenous Culture. Included will be a discussion on how Native people designed unique expressions by combining fabrics with natural world elements and trade materials in today's modern environment.

UPDATE: The applique workshop registration is closed. However, we still have an opportunity for people who want to go to the presentation portion of the session - which will occur BEFORE the applique portion. If people are interested in attending the presentation, they can by RSVP and pay $10.00 at the door. This fee will include the lunch. If you are interested, please RSVP with Ivy at ivy.aicho@gmail.com.

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*Tuesday, May 22. 6:00-8:00 PM. MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting. Jefferson Campus. All are welcome!

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Tuesday, May 22. 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Community Dinner and Mental Health Resource Fair featuring comedian, John Moe- HOW I DISCOVERED HOW HILARIOUS DEPRESSION TRULY IS

Denfeld Auditorium, 401 N 44th Ave W, Duluth 55807.

PG-13: Appropriate for parents and older (middle-school) kids, not for small children. John Moe, host and creator of The Hilarious World of Depression podcast, explores society’s reluctance to discuss mental illness and what needs to be done about it by tracing his own experiences with depression. That story is sometimes deeply funny, sometimes harrowing, and, more often than you’d think, both at the same time. Moe’s story is open, honest, and hopeful, as it blends in the thoughts of the numerous celebrities he’s interviewed to arrive at a positive and hopeful place. This talk also offers several simple things anyone can do to fight stigma and make the world a healthier place.

Resource Fair- 5-7pm, Meal 5:30pm, John Moe 7pm. This event is Free.

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*Tuesday, May 22. 7:00 to 9:00 PM. ARE Youth Spoken Word Open Mic. Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. The ARE Youth Spoken Word OPEN MIC is a FREE platform for all Twin Ports youths to sharpen their performance skills while having fun with the community at large. It is organized by ARE and seeks to transcend the culture of spoken word in the Twin Ports for all. Ages 13 to 19 get first dibs. Contact Daniel O., arepoets@gmail.com, (952) 201 7352.

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* Recurring or ongoing events

 

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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.

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Diversity Digest: Issue 14

MRM Diversity Digest

Issue 14

March 20, 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.

Welcome to Issue 14 of the Diversity Digest, brought to you by the MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. We are pleased to offer this summary of cultural events, broadcasts and workshops at MRM and around the Twin Ports—as well as some resources to explore on your own. Please email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org to submit timely events. Remember to check out our new shareable calendar for all events: DEI Digest

MRM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) meets the third Tuesday of every month, at the Jefferson Campus. Our next gathering is March 20 at 6:00 PM (tomorrow night!). All are welcome! Please email jennifer.lien@manyriversmontessori.org for more info.

March is Women’s History Month (WHM)! It’s an outgrowth of a Presidential Proclamation by US President Jimmy Carter in 1980, dedicating a week in March to acknowledge the accomplishments and contributions of women. By 1987, the week had expanded into a month-long celebration. WHM is in full swing at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD). The theme is Nevertheless, We Persist: Feminist Past and Futures in the Twin Ports. Upcoming events in the series are noted “UMD WHM.”

 

On Your Own

Latinxs in Kid Lit. A website dedicated to the exploration of Lantinx in children’s, middle grade, and young adult literature. Find book reviews, teaching ideas, author interviews and more! The mission of Latinxs in Kid Lit is to:

  • engage with works about, for, and/or by Latinxs;

  • offer a broad forum on Latinx children’s, MG, and YA books;

  • promote literacy and the love of books within the Latinx community;

  • examine the historical and contemporary state of Latinx characters;

  • encourage interest in Latinx children’s, MG, and YA literature among non-Latinx readers;

  • share perspectives and resources that can be of use to writers, authors, illustrators, librarians, parents, teachers, scholars, and other stakeholders in literacy and publishing.

 

Around the Twin Ports

 

Tuesday, March 20. 12:00-1:00. #ICan'tKeepQuiet Speak Out, Tell Your Story! https://z.umn.edu/metoo. UMD, Kirby Garage, Kirby Student Center. This is a speak out event, a space to come together as a community and share our stories of survival of sexual harassment, assault, and violence. Any and all survivors are welcome. This event is the beginning of an ongoing project to address sexual violence at UMD and in Duluth.

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Tuesday, March 20. 12:30-1:30 PM. Combahee River Collective Statement. University of Minnesota, Duluth, Kirby Plaza 311. The Combahee River Collective statement was written in 1975 by Afrocentric black feminists, who parted ways from the National Black Feminist Organization in order to create, define, and clarify their own politics. These women are actively committed to struggling against racial, sexual, heterosexual, and class oppression. It is their particular task to further the development of integrated analysis and practice based upon the fact that the major systems of oppression are interlocking.

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*Tuesday, March 20. 6:00-8:00 PM. MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting. Jefferson Campus. All are welcome!

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*Tuesday, March 20. 6:00 PM. First Foods Workshop Series: Choose Your Fish. 1854 Treaty Authority, 4428 Haines Rd, Duluth, MN (one block from the airport). Pat McCann with the Minnesota Department of Health's Fish Advisory Program will share guidelines for choosing wild-caught fish to consume safely. The second of a 3-part workshop series to increase awareness of traditionally harvested resources of both ecological and cultural significance. The focus is on nutrition, research on diet and health, and traditional ecological knowledge, preparation and storage. Workshops on wild fruits, local fish and a food sovereignty project will provide the platform for collaborators and participants to share their knowledge. These programs are FREE, but space is limited! Register through 1854 Treaty Authority website homepage. The 1854 Treaty Authority is an Inter-Tribal Natural Resource Management Organization that manages the off-reservation hunting, fishing and gathering rights of the Grand Portage and Bois Forte bands of the Lake Superior Chippewa in the territory ceded under the Treaty of 1854.

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Wednesday, March 21. 12:00-1:35 PM. Film: “Dolores.” UMD Kirby Student Center, Rafters.

Dolores Huerta is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. Directed by Peter Bratt.

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Wednesday, March 21. 6:00-7:35 PM. Film: “Dolores.” UMD Kirby Student Center, Rafters. Also at noon. Description above.

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Friday, March 23. 5:00 PM (panel discussion), 7:30 PM (movie). Shades of Africa Festival: Selma and Panel Discussion. UMD’s Shades of Africa Festival hosts a panel discussion, The Quest for Social Justice, at 5 PM at the Tweed Museum of Art Gallery, followed by a screening of Selma in Weber Music Hall at 7:30 PM the Shades of Africa Festival celebrates the centenary of Nelson Mandela and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Friday, March 23. 8:00 PM. Nordic Drift. Nordic Center, 23 N Lake Ave, Duluth. Saltless Sea Cinema (SSC) is Duluth’s new roaming micro-cinema series, screening avant-garde, underground or just plain rad films and videos. SSC Presents: Nordic Drift, will feature films from seven Nordic countries and territories, along with live musical accompaniment by Jacob Swanson. $10. Proceeds after cost will go to benefit the nonprofit Nordic Center.

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Saturday, March 24. 5:30 to 9:00 PM. Honoring the Past, Building the Future. Greysolon Ballroom by Black Woods, 231 E Superior St, Duluth. Honoring the Past, Building the Future 2018, hosted by the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial (CJMM), will honor community leader Annie Kennedy, longtime West Duluth resident and community activist. Join the Board of Directors of CJMM for a dinner honoring Ms. Kennedy and meet the most recent CJMM scholarship recipient. As an added bonus, learn about what CJMM is doing to further its mission to foster racial justice through education, reconciliation, and healing and make a donation in support of CJMM's activities. Dinner buffet includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

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Saturday, March 24. 7:00 PM. Shades of Africa Festival: Sarafina! Weber Music Hall, 1151 University Drive, University of Minnesota-Duluth. The UMD Shades of Africa Festival hosts a screening of Sarafina!. The Shades of Africa Festival celebrates the centenary of Nelson Mandela and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A 1992 film directed by Darrell James Roodt, Sarafina! tells the story of South African teenagers fighting against Apartheid in the Soweto Uprising of the 1970s.

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Tuesday, March 27. Noon. Panel Discussion: Feminist Pasts and Futures in the Twin Ports. UMD, Kathryn A. Martin Library, Library Rotunda. Panelists include Beth Bartlett, Susana Pelayo Woodward, Bilin Tsai, Janet Pribyl, Njoki Kamau

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*Tuesday, March 27. 7:00 to 9:00 PM. ARE Youth Spoken Word Open Mic. Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. The ARE Youth Spoken Word OPEN MIC is a FREE platform for all Twin Ports youths to sharpen their performance skills while having fun with the community at large. It is organized by ARE and seeks to transcend the culture of spoken word in the Twin Ports for all. Ages 13 to 19 get first dibs. Contact Daniel O., arepoets@gmail.com, (952) 201 7352.

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Tuesday, March 27-Thursday, March 29. 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Fences. Lincoln Park Middle School, Duluth, MN 55806. Lake Superior Community Theatre performs a 1985 play by American playwright August Wilson. Fences is set in the 1950s, the sixth in Wilson's ten-part "Pittsburgh Cycle." Like all of the "Pittsburgh" plays, Fences explores the evolving African-American experience and examines race relations, among other themes. The play won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play. The play was first developed at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 1983 National Playwrights Conference and premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1985. This Lake Superior Theater production has an all African-American cast.

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Wednesday, March 28. 12:00 PM. Meet Your Mayor: Emily Larson (Brown Bag). UMD Kirby Student Center 268. Mayor Larson will be speaking about her experiences as a woman in the political sphere and being the first female mayor of Duluth. Sponsored by the Women’s Resource and Action Center.

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Wednesday, March 28. 7:30 PM. Oyate: Film Screening and Director Q&A. American Indian Community Housing, 202 W 2nd St, Duluth (Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center). The Oyate screening is in partnership with the Duluth Superior Film Festival. Doors open 7:15 p.m. We will have a Q&A Session that follows with director Dan Girmus! OYATE is an observational nonfiction feature film about life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota. The film follows two families on Pine Ridge as they go about their daily activities over the course of a single summer. They attend rodeos, shoot clay pigeons, and participate in pow wows. Family members get married, have children, and celebrate the 4th of July. All the while, the difficult, often intractable realities of modern reservation life threaten to encroach upon them. This special screening series will run on a monthly basis with the full line up of films, dates, and times to be forthcoming.

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Thursday, March 29. 7:00 PM. Harlem Globetrotters World Tour 2018. Amsoil Arena, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth.    The show features amazing basketball skills and wizardry with a continued focus on family entertainment. “The Harlem Globetrotters have been – and will continue to be — at the forefront of breaking down racial barriers in this country.” Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience.

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* Recurring or ongoing events

 

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Diversity Digest: Issue 13

"Welcome to Issue 13 of the Diversity Digest, brought to you by the MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. We are pleased to offer this summary of cultural events, broadcasts and workshops at MRM and around the Twin Ports—as well as some resources to explore on your own. Please email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org to submit timely events. Remember to check out our new shareable calendar for all events: DEI Digest

MRM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) meets the third Tuesday of every month, at the Jefferson Campus. Our next gathering is March 20 at 6:00 PM. All are welcome! Please email jennifer.lien@manyriversmontessori.org for more info.


On Your Own

Seeing White. This 14-part documentary podcast series explores whiteness in America—where it came from, what it means, and how it works. “Seeing White” was the focus of season two of  Scene on Radio, a podcast that explores the human experience and American society. Produced and hosted by John Biewen, Scene on Radio comes from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS). The “Seeing White” series features an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika.

Around the Twin Ports

Friday, March 9. 7:00-9:00 PM. Wxmen Take the Stage. Beaner’s 324 N Central Ave, Duluth. Gaelynn Lea, Emily Haavik, Jerree Small and Jen West perform as part of International Women's Week in the Twin Ports. Sandra Gbintor and Deanna Erickson add poetry to the festivities. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door and can be purchased here for reserved seating.

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Saturday, March 10. 5:30-7:30 PM. Phenomenal Art Exhibition and Award Ceremony. AICHO Galleries, 202 W. 2nd Street, Duluth. The American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO) will host this open-call art exhibit honoring phenomenal women of color. Doors open at 5:00 and reception begins at 5:30 in the Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center and will remain on view through April 9th. There will be a $10 suggested donation at the door of opening night, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Alongside the art show, AICHO will honor 10 women in recognition of their consistent support of and involvement at AICHO, as well as their efforts to address various barriers in the community.

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Monday, March 12. 5:30 to 9:00 PM. The Spirit of Duluth Dinner & Film Series. Zeitgeist Center for Arts & Community, 222 E Superior St # 326, Duluth. Sharing food, film & stories to celebrate Duluth. Each event is uniquely organized and hosted by Duluthians who represent the culture being highlighted and will feature a specially crafted gourmet dinner curated by the host that will allow guests to experience the taste of the cuisine as they hear the story behind it. The series occurs monthly (October 2017- April 2018).

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*Tuesday, March 13. 7:00 to 9:00 PM. ARE Youth Spoken Word Open Mic. Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. The ARE Youth Spoken Word OPEN MIC is a FREE platform for all Twin Ports youths to sharpen their performance skills while having fun with the community at large. It is organized by ARE and seeks to transcend the culture of spoken word in the Twin Ports for all. Ages 13 to 19 get first dibs. Contact Daniel O., arepoets@gmail.com, (952) 201 7352.

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*Tuesday, March 20. 6:00 PM. First Foods Workshop Series: Choose Your Fish. 1854 Treaty Authority, 4428 Haines Rd, Duluth, MN (one block from the airport). Pat McCann with the Minnesota Department of Health's Fish Advisory Program will share guidelines for choosing wild-caught fish to consume safely. The second of a 3-part workshop series to increase awareness of traditionally harvested resources of both ecological and cultural significance. The focus is on nutrition, research on diet and health, and traditional ecological knowledge, preparation and storage. Workshops on wild fruits, local fish and a food sovereignty project will provide the platform for collaborators and participants to share their knowledge. These programs are FREE, but space is limited! Register through 1854 Treaty Authority website homepage. The 1854 Treaty Authority is an Inter-Tribal Natural Resource Management Organization that manages the off-reservation hunting, fishing and gathering rights of the Grand Portage and Bois Forte bands of the Lake Superior Chippewa in the territory ceded under the Treaty of 1854.

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*Monday, March 19. 6:00 to 6:30 PM. Ojibwe Stories. Ojibwe Stories is a program of Ojibwe culture, language and ideas, airing every third Monday of the month on 103.3 FM KUMD. The show is hosted by Dr. Erik Redix, an assistant professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. Ojibwe Stories is produced by Chris Harwood at KUMD and the UMD Department of American Indian Studies.

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*Tuesday, March 20. 6:00-8:00 PM. MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting. Jefferson Campus. All are welcome!

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Friday, March 23. 5:00 PM (panel discussion), 7:30 PM (movie). Shades of Africa Festival: Selma and Panel Discussion. UMD’s Shades of Africa Festival hosts a panel discussion, The Quest for Social Justice, at 5 PM at the Tweed Museum of Art Gallery, followed by a screening of Selma in Weber Music Hall at 7:30 PM the Shades of Africa Festival celebrates the centenary of Nelson Mandela and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Friday, March 23. 8:00 PM. Nordic Drift. Nordic Center, 23 N Lake Ave, Duluth. Saltless Sea Cinema (SSC) is Duluth’s new roaming micro-cinema series, screening avant-garde, underground or just plain rad films and videos. SSC Presents: Nordic Drift, will feature films from seven Nordic countries and territories, along with live musical accompaniment by Jacob Swanson. $10. Proceeds after cost will go to benefit the nonprofit Nordic Center.

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Saturday, March 24. 5:30 to 9:00 PM. Honoring the Past, Building the Future. Greysolon Ballroom by Black Woods, 231 E Superior St, Duluth. Honoring the Past, Building the Future 2018, hosted by the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial (CJMM), will honor community leader Annie Kennedy, longtime West Duluth resident and community activist. Join the Board of Directors of CJMM for a dinner honoring Ms. Kennedy and meet the most recent CJMM scholarship recipient. As an added bonus, learn about what CJMM is doing to further its mission to foster racial justice through education, reconciliation, and healing and make a donation in support of CJMM's activities. Dinner buffet includes vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

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Saturday, March 24. 7:00 PM. Shades of Africa Festival: Sarafina! Weber Music Hall, 1151 University Drive, University of Minnesota-Duluth. The UMD Shades of Africa Festival hosts a screening of Sarafina!. The Shades of Africa Festival celebrates the centenary of Nelson Mandela and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A 1992 film directed by Darrell James Roodt, Sarafina! tells the story of South African teenagers fighting against Apartheid in the Soweto Uprising of the 1970s.

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Tuesday, March 27-Thursday, March 29. 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Fences. Lincoln Park Middle School, Duluth, MN 55806. Lake Superior Community Theatre performs a 1985 play by American playwright August Wilson. Fences is set in the 1950s, the sixth in Wilson's ten-part "Pittsburgh Cycle." Like all of the "Pittsburgh" plays, Fences explores the evolving African-American experience and examines race relations, among other themes. The play won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best Play. The play was first developed at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's 1983 National Playwrights Conference and premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 1985. This Lake Superior Theater production has an all African-American cast.

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Thursday, March 29. 7:00 PM. Harlem Globetrotters World Tour 2018. Amsoil Arena, 350 Harbor Drive, Duluth.    The show features amazing basketball skills and wizardry with a continued focus on family entertainment. “The Harlem Globetrotters have been – and will continue to be — at the forefront of breaking down racial barriers in this country.” Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience.

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* Recurring or ongoing events

 

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meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org

 


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.

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Diversity Digest: Issue 12

MRM Diversity Digest

Issue 12

February 5, 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.

Welcome to Issue 12 of the Diversity Digest, brought to you by the MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. We are pleased to offer this summary of cultural events, broadcasts and workshops at MRM and around the Twin Ports—as well as some resources to explore on your own. Please email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org to submit timely events. Remember to check out our new shareable calendar for all events: DEI Digest

February is Black History Month, founded by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). This year’s nationwide theme is African Americans in Times of War. Check out upcoming and past themes dating back to 1928 at asalh.org. Tons of events celebrating Black History Month are scheduled throughout the Twin Ports Area.

FEBRUARY FEATURE

Tuesday, February 27. 6:00-8:30 PM. 2018 MRM Diversity Forum, The Language of Inclusion: Understanding the Issues and Learning to Talk about Them. MRM Jefferson Campus. Workshop will be conducted by Kevin Skwira-Brown of Cultural Fluency Associates, an organization that provides valuable training on diversity, equity & inclusion for organizations all around Duluth, including several prominent nonprofit organizations. Kevin has also provided well-received professional training to our staff this year, and we are extremely excited to be able to bring his expertise to our parent community too. We are hoping this will help equip parents with a framework we can use to talk to our children, and also to apply to our own lives and our families’. Inclusion requires that our words and actions result in everyone feeling like they belong and can fully participate. Among the obstacles to such inclusion are dynamics of privilege. Understanding how privilege and oppression play out in unintended ways is essential if we are to create environments where all feel welcome. This workshop will discuss privilege in a way that sidesteps the blame and defensiveness that too often accompany such conversations. You will leave with clarity as to what privilege is, how it shows up and what we can do to promote an environment that is genuinely welcoming and inclusive. This will be a great session for those seeking an understanding of privilege and anyone looking for effective ways to talk about it. The workshop is open to all MRM families, including students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Contact maryleemurphy@manyriversmontessori.org if you need childcare. Sponsored by MRM’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.

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Winter Reading (Without Walls). The Duluth Public Library’s (DPL) Winter Reading 2018 is a 6-week challenge for the entire community. The challenge runs through February 24. Sign up at DuluthLibrary.org to keep track and log your progress for chances to win. All youth participants from birth to 12th grade get one drawing entry at signup and for every 5 hours of reading time logged (up to 100 hours). After 10 hours of reading time, get a free book of your choice at any DPL location. All youth participants who complete the “Reading Without Walls” challenge will be entered into a bonus Grand Prize drawing for a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble! It’s easy: 1) Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you; *or* 2) Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about; *or* 3) Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read, like a chapter book, graphic novel, book in verse, etc.

 

Around the Twin Ports

Monday, February 5. 3:15-5:00 PM.  If These Halls Could Talk. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Montague Hall Room 80, 1211 Ordean Court. A documentary presented by the Committee on Equity, Race and Ethnicity (CERE) in preparation for its 2018 Summit, "Creating Inclusive Communities," (February 21).  Eleven college students discuss what it is like on campuses across the country today. Their stories are starkly emotional and raw, filled with incredible tenderness, courage and pain. The diversity issues that they challenge us to look at are equally provocative, begging to be heard and confronted. This is the second of 2 films directed by Lee Mun Wah, the keynote speaker for the 2/21 Summit. Lee Mun Wah is an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, Asian folkteller, educator, community therapist and master diversity trainer.

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Wednesday, February 7. 4:00 PM. Forbidden: Undocumented and Queer in Rural America. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Montague Hall Room 80, 1211 Ordean Court. Growing up in rural North Carolina, Moises Serrano fell in love with a country that refused to recognize his full humanity - both as an undocumented immigrant and as a gay man. The documentary Forbidden follows Moises’ personal journey as an activist fighting for the American Dream. Free of charge, open to the public. Sponsored by the UMD Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

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Friday, February 9. 5:00-7:00 PM. The Life, The Work, The Fight: Black Duluth in History. Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E. Superior Street, Duluth.  Join us for the Art Exhibit Opening Reception of, The Life, The Work, The Fight: Black Duluth in History, Curated by Jordon Moses, Photographs by Daniel Oyinloye, Project Director and Historical Researcher, Heidi Bakk-Hansen, Assistant Project Director, Drew Digby. This event is free and open to the public. This exhibit will be on display in the Zeitgeist atrium gallery through February 28th. This project combines excerpts of recent oral histories of African American elders in Duluth with historical profiles dating back to the late 19th Century to show the depth and complexity of the journey that living in Duluth has been. Each of the leaders in these stories have been influential in setting the stage for each new generation of the African American Community. These stories and experiences are relevant not just to black folks but to all people who are part of the community because of how they shaped the city that Duluth is today. Sponsored by Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial Inc., with the support of the Minnesota Historical Society and the Lloyd K. Johnson Foundation.

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Sunday, February 11. 7:00-10:00 PM. Black Student Union Soul Food Dinner. University of Wisconsin-Superior, Yellowjacket Union, 1605 Catlin Avenue, Superior. See related event on 2/24. Add this event to my calendar

 

Monday, February 12. 7:00-9:00 PM. Exploring Laponia: A Cultural Landscape of Global Significance. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Kathryn A. Martin Library, Library Annex, 416 Library Dr. Celebrate Sami National Day with this informative program about Laponia in northern Sweden, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. The 3,600 square mile area contains 4 national parks and 2 nature reserves and is home to Indigenous Sami reindeer herders. Presented by the Minnesota Sea Grant Program's Tom Beery, who has studied in the area for many years and is a specialist on the cultural landscape of Laponia. Kid friendly! Hosted by the Sami Cultural Center of North America and the Kathryn A. Martin Library.

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*Tuesday, February 13. ARE Youth Spoken Word Open Mic. Zeitgeist Arts Cafe, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. The ARE Youth Spoken Word OPEN MIC is a FREE platform for all Twin Ports youths to sharpen their performance skills while having fun with the community at large. It is organized by ARE and seeks to transcend the culture of spoken word in the Twin Ports for all.Ages 13 to 19 get first dibs. Contact Daniel O., arepoets@gmail.com, (952) 201 7352.

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Wednesday, February 14. 6:00 PM. Poet Too Black. UMD Kirby Student Center, 1120 Kirby Drive, Rafters. Too Black is a Spoken Word Artist, public speaker, activist and educator based in Indianapolis, IN. The name TOO BLACK was developed as a challenge to society on the perceptions of blackness and humanity especially in the United States. Influenced by a wide variety of artists and historical figures – from Malcolm X to Gore Vidal, from George Carlin to Audre Lorde – TOO BLACK fuses these multiple perspectives, his life exploration and passionate performance bringing them to life on the stage. His working dialogue draws from personal experiences, historical and current events and the culture of Hip Hop in which he was born. He describes his performance as a “conversation” in which he talks with his audiences and connects their shared experiences. Sponsored by the UMD Black Student Association.

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Saturday, February 17. 6:00-9:00 PM. Feast of Nations. UMD Kirby Ballroom and Marshall Performing Arts Center. Join the International Club for the 50th annual Feast of Nations! Featuring a worldly selection of foods, fashion, and performances from around the globe! A sumptuous dinner and a fashion show begins at 6 pm in Kirby Ballroom. Then the event moves to the Marshall Performing Arts Center (MPAC) at 7:15 pm for performances.  

Tickets will be sold outside of the Kirby bookstore (lower level). Tickets always sell out, so purchase in advance. Ticket Information: College Students ($10), Non- Students ($15), Show only ($7), Children 5 and under (free). For more information contact Emily Drevlow at 218.726.7720 edrevlow@d.umn.edu.

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*Tuesday, February 20. 6:00 PM. First Foods Workshop Series: The Importance of How we Used Plants in the Past. 1854 Treaty Authority, 4428 Haines Rd, Duluth, MN (one block from the airport). Fond du Lac's 13 Moons program coordinator Nikki Crowe will share information on wild fruits and jams, including some ethnobotany with research on diet and diabetes and the importance of knowing how we used plants in the past. The first of a 3-part workshop series held by the 1854 Treaty Authority. To increase awareness of traditionally harvested resources of both ecological and cultural significance, this series will focus on nutrition, research on diet and health, and traditional ecological knowledge, preparation and storage. Workshops on wild fruits, local fish and a food sovereignty project will provide the platform for collaborators and participants to share their knowledge. These programs are FREE, but space is limited! Register online through the QuickLinks on the 1854 Treaty Authority website homepage. The 1854 Treaty Authority is an Inter-Tribal Natural Resource Management Organization that manages the off-reservation hunting, fishing and gathering rights of the Grand Portage and Bois Forte bands of the Lake Superior Chippewa in the territory ceded under the Treaty of 1854.

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Tuesday, February 20. 6:30-8:30 PM. Through the Banks of the Red Cedar. UMD Marshall Performing Arts Center 1215 Ordean Court. Film and panel discussion. The movie’s title is a play on the Michigan State University (MSU) fight song. This story follows the 50-year legacy of filmmaker Maya Washington’s father, legendary Vikings wide-receiver Gene Washington from the segregated South to MSU alongside highly decorated teammates as they become members of the first fully integrated football team in America, later making history as first round picks in the 1967 Draft. As Ms. Washington uncovers both the triumphs and defeats of her father's team, she develops a newly formed appreciation for the game and a deeper connection to her father, just in time to witness MSU Spartan Football team ascend to national prominence 50 years later. Sponsored by the UMD Athletics Department, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, and the Black Student Association.

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Wednesday, February 21. 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. Summit on Equity, Race and Ethnicity: Creating Inclusive Communities. University of Minnesota Duluth 1049 University Dr, Duluth

Creating Inclusive Communities will be hosted at the University of Minnesota Duluth on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. UMD’s Commission on Equity, Race, and Ethnicity (CERE) invites proposals from interested community members and organizations for interactive workshops, presentations, lectures, posters, films with discussion, and other educational formats. For more information about the Summit, contact CERE Chairpersons Mia O’Brien (meobrien@d.umn.edu) and Katie Stainbrook (kstainbr@d.umn.edu).

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Friday, February 23. 5:00-8:00 PM. Freedom Fund Dinner & Reception: Groundwork of the Revolution. Clyde Iron Works 2920 West Michigan Street, Duluth, Minnesota 55806. Duluth’s NAACP chapter is excited to announce its revitalized Freedom Fund Dinner Awards Ceremony. Following in the footsteps of the national NAACP, recognizing this is a time for action and change, the theme aspires to raise awareness of inequities and injustice and encourage us to mobilize our communities to work together for change. In these challenging times of political division, racial injustice and racial inequity, there remains much work to be done. With renewed commitment and outreach, Duluth’s NAACP Chapter is actively involved in the community. Since the recent rise in acts of racial and social injustice, local membership has more than tripled with monthly meetings welcoming new faces who have eagerly stepped up to work to affect positive change. The event will showcase ongoing efforts and accomplishments of the local chapter, recognize and celebrate the work of our members, and host a nationally acclaimed activist and speaker, Seitu Jones to inspire and motivate.

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Saturday, February 24. 5:30-8:30 PM. Soul Food Dinner. University of Wisconsin-Superior, 1800 Grand Avenue, Yellow Jacket Union Great Room. Hosted by the UWS Black Student Union. Tickets $5 for community members. (See related event on 2/11).

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Saturday, February 24. 6:00 PM. Soul Food Dinner. Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 200 W 1st St, Duluth. It’s the 27th Annual Soul Food Dinner hosted by UMD's Black Student Association! The event is child-friendly and open to the public. Tickets for dinner and the show for general public are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Children under 5 are free, or $7.00 if child needs a chair.

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Tuesday, February 27. 6:00-8:30 PM. 2018 MRM Diversity Forum, The Language of Inclusion: Understanding the Issues and Learning to Talk about Them. MRM Jefferson Campus. This workshop is this year’s highlight of MRM’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and will be conducted by Kevin Skwira-Brown of Cultural Fluency Associates, an organization that provides valuable training on diversity, equity & inclusion for organizations all around Duluth, including several prominent nonprofit organizations. This will be a great session for those seeking an understanding of privilege and anyone looking for effective ways to talk about it. The workshop is open to all MRM families, including students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Contact maryleemurphy@manyriversmontessori.org if you need childcare. More details above.

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Wednesday, February 28. 5:00-7:00 PM. Hidden Figures. University of Minnesota-Duluth, Montague Hall Room 80, 1211 Ordean Court. Based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly, the movie tells the incredible untold story of Katherine Jonson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – brilliant African-American women working at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch into orbit of astronaut John Glenn, a stunning achievement that turned around the Space Race. The visionary trio crossed all gender and racial line and inspired generations. Sponsored by the NAACP and the UMD Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

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Wednesday, February 28. 6:00 PM. Spanish Book Night. Mt. Royal Branch Library, 105 Mount Royal Shopping Cir, Duluth. It's story time in Spanish! While the kids enjoy the stories and activities, a language teacher will be on hand to talk with parents about how to support their children's literacy and biliteracy development. Books in Spanish will be available to check out. The event is a partnership between the public library  and Nueva Visiόn Spanish Immersion (Lowell Elementary School) and is targeted toward 4 to 6 year olds. You don't need to speak Spanish to attend.

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* Recurring or ongoing events

 

Planning ahead? Visit the DEI Digest Calendar for updates, corrections and more upcoming events.

 

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Meredith Cornett
meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org

 


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.

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Diversity Digest: MLK Weekend Update

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 jennifer.lien@manyriversmontessori.org 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 jennifer.lien@manyriversmontessori.org  

*DEI MC* | DEI Member Meredith Cornett and family will be attending the March and Rally on 1/15. Email meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org 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 daniel.morrison@manyriversmontessori.org 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 meredith.cornett@manyriversmontessori.org

 

*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

 

Upcoming

 

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

 

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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.

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