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 to submit timely events. This edition of the DEIgest includes several offerings from the Duluth-Superior Film Festival (DSFF).

Access the DEIgest Calendar

MRM’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) generally meets the third Tuesday of every month. Our next DEI Committee gathering (the last of the 2018-2019 school year!) is May 21 at 6:30 PM. All are welcome! Please email for more info.

On Your Own

Civil Rights Trail. Summer road trip? Here’s a great resource in case your travels take you to the southern United States. The Civil Rights Trail features more than 100 destinations across 15 states. The fight for American civil rights spanned decades, cities and states – from Topeka, Kansas, to Memphis, Tennessee, from Atlanta, Georgia, to Selma and Birmingham, and all the way to Washington, D.C. Chart the course of the Civil Rights Movement through the Civil Rights Trail that begins with the site of school integration and takes you to the scene of Bloody Sunday and finally the Supreme Court of the United States. This website will help you explore the places important to the Civil Rights Movement, as well as plan your journey to cities along the trail. You’ll find places to see and things to do at each destination. Plus, you’ll find in-depth explorations crafted to allow you to experience the destination or event in a more comprehensive way. Discover the trail. Discover the fight for civil rights. And make sure the true stories that changed history are never lost. (


Around the Twin Ports

Monday, May 20. 4:00-7:00 PM. LARCC Grand Opening Potluck. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Hillside Room, 219 N 6th Ave E, Duluth. The LGBTQ2+ Arrowhead Resource & Community Center (LARCC) aims to bring together our diverse queer and trans community to share resources & cultivate community. The center is located in the basement of the newly rebuilt church, in the lease spaces on floor -2. It is wheelchair accessible via the upper parking lot entrance. The community is invited to eat from 4 to 5:30 p.m., and take part in a group activity from 5:30 to 7. The celebration is open to everyone! Bring yourself and a dish to share if you can. We are overjoyed to have a space to share and grow. The center will be open regularly on Mondays from 4 to 7 p.m. starting June 3. The LARCC is made up of partner organizations that hope to accomplish greater LGBTQ2+ community connections to support queer/trans organizations and provide a safe, sober space for all ages to gather and find support, referrals and their niche in the community.Add this event to my calendar
Tuesday, May 21. 6:30 PM. MRM Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. MRM school cafeteria. Join us for the final DEI meeting of the 2018-2019 academic year. We’ll review this year’s accomplishments and look ahead to 2019-2020.Add this event to my calendar
Wednesday, May 22. 3:30-5:00 PM. Luffarslojd: Scandinavian Wirework with Faith Clover. Duluth Public Library, 520 Superior St, Duluth. This old craft is part of the tradition of making beautiful and useful objects with hands and simple tools. After a talk and exhibit of luffarslojd items, each person will make a basic hook or two to take home. All tools and materials will be provided. Free!Add this event to my calendar
Friday, May 24. 5:30-7:30 PM. Long Night of the Floating Shell Art Opening. Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, American Indian Cooperative Housing Organization (AICHO), 202 W. 2nd St, Duluth. AICHO is excited to host a reception for its latest art exhibition. The exhibit will explore an overlap in themes between the experiences of two contemporary Indigenous artists navigating their connection to their ancestry and communities  - Zamara Cuyún with roots in the Maya Highlands of Guatemala and Jonathan Thunder from the Red Lake Nation in Greater Minnesota. This exhibit is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served - the artists will also be present to engage with audience questions. The exhibit will be on view throughout the month of June, ending with a more personal artist Q&A on a date yet to be determined. About the exhibit title: The “Long Night” referenced in the exhibit’s title represents 500 years of darkness - the longest night - of conquest, colonization, and genocide for Indigenous people in the Americas. The concept of the shell manifests in a variety of stories across Indigenous cultures.Add this event to my calendar
Thursday, May 30. 5:00-7:00 PM. Asemaa: Anishinaabeg Cultural Practices. Niiwin Indigenous Food Market, 102 E 4th St, Duluth. This event will focus on the traditional, cultural and spiritual practices including Asemaa (tobacco) with ceremonies dealing with food and harvest time. This will be an opportunity for intercultural education and awareness around this traditional practice and will include information on the difference between commercial tobacco use and ceremonial use. Add this event to my calendar
Thursday, May 30. 9:00 PM. BLACK (DSFF). Zinema, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. Writer/Director David J. Buchanan will be in attendance as “BLACK” makes is Northland premier. This 80-minute film is a modern-day Malcolm X story, told through the eyes of a black man who witnesses his brother’s murder by police during a routine traffic stop. He responds to the murder by generating a movement of black people to fight against systemic oppression and police violence through community organizing, political policy, and force. The film will also include real-life interviews from individuals who’ve been victims of police brutality. Add this event to my calendar
Saturday, June 1. 3:00 PM. First Person Plural (DSFF). Zinema, 222 E Superior St, Duluth. Director Eric Tretbar will be in attendance at the world premiere of this 92-minute film. How can two people save the world? Love each other. On Thanksgiving Day, two Minneapolis filmmakers--the son of a Somali imam and daughter of a white Baptist preacher--fall in love through their lenses and discover that their lives and families are mirror images. With empathy and humor, FIRST PERSON PLURAL shows two families--one Muslim, one Christian--grappling with doubt and imperfection to discover their common conflicts of love and faith.Add this event to my calendar
Saturday, June 1. 5:00 PM. Blood Memory (DSFF). Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), 202 W 2nd St, Duluth. This 108 minute film was directed by Drew Nicholas. Minneapolis-based produce Elizabeth Day will be in attendance at this showing, the Northland premier! Battles over blood quantum and ‘best interests’ resurface the untold history of America’s Indian Adoption Era - a time when nearly one-third of children were removed from tribal communities nationwide. As political scrutiny over Indian child welfare intensifies, an adoption survivor helps others find their way home through song and ceremony. Add this event to my calendar
Saturday, June 1. 7:30 PM. Falls Around Her (DSFF). Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, American Indian Community Housing Organization (AICHO), 202 W 2nd St, Duluth. This is the Minnesota premier of a 95-minute Canadian Film documentary. Legendary singer Mary Birchbark abandons a life of fame and fortune to follow the instinctual pull that calls her home. Desiring to reconnect with land and her community, she returns to the beautiful woods of her territory to seek solitude in an isolated cabin. But as the slow change of seasons marks her thirst for transformation, she begins to have the unsettling feeling that she is being watched, and quickly she finds that doors to the past are not so easily shut. Add this event to my calendar