“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.



Around the Twin Ports

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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* Recurring or ongoing events


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