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 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 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! 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.,, (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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Add March 28 Fences production to my calendar DEI Members Meredith Cornett & Ethan Perry will attend this production! 218-464-8649 (Meredith’s mobile)

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