"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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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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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.




Meredith Cornett


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.