By Bette Martin
Member, Diversity & Inclusion Committee
The D&I Committee is pleased to announce the second set of Stand Up, Stand With, Stand Together activities, a month long mini-documentary film festival. Marlene Sallo, who gave us such a rousing and inspiring speech in November, will return to Riderwood on July 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Maryland Hall to open the festival. During each of the next four weeks, you are invited to view and discuss short films on diversity and racism; accessibility; LGBTQ concerns, and income inequality. Ms. Sallo will return on August 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Maryland Hall to lead our wrap-up discussion.
Do you remember when in the 60s many of us believed that by working together we could help our country become free of all its pervasive prejudices and stereotypes? If we thought about the future at all, we envisioned a society that in 50 years certainly would embody the still relevant words that helped found the United States, words we celebrate each Fourth of July. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Now we realize that America must always continue to strive to become a truly inclusive society. We need conversations that help us find out about each other and allow us to talk honestly about our current concerns. We need to learn about groups we had not even identified in the sixties. The D&I Committee hopes this film fest will help us learn more about how we can stand up to support every member of our diverse Riderwood community.
Watch for bulletin board flyers and lobby posters with more detailed information.