We deeply appreciate the work that many of you have continued to do individually and collectively to create a more “beloved community” in this wonderful home we call Georgetown.
On June 18, the Courageous Conversations Planning Group had a booth at the 64th Juneteenth Celebration hosted by the Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association at the Community Center in San Gabriel Park.
We were grateful to participate in a celebration of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865 which occurred more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. At the time federal troops had to occupy Texas to free enslaved people there were an estimated 250,000 African Americans in Texas including over 900 in Williamson County.
Proceeds from the event will be used to support maintenance and renovation of the historic Shotgun House Museum and the Willie Hall Center, two centers of historic significance to African Americans in Williamson County.
Members of our group have attended Georgetown City Council meetings and workshops to speak out on affordable housing and public transportation. Members also have attended the Georgetown ISD board meeting to discuss a proposal to become a District of Innovation because of questions about its impact on the education of our children and the work of our teachers. These members have been inspired by the idea that we have the potential to address institutional racism and to advocate for policies, procedures, regulations and decisions that will lift up those in our community who feel marginalized and unheard.
Members of the Courageous Conversations Planning Group continue to explore additional opportunities for additional education and action. We welcome your suggestions at LetsTalk@CourageousConvoGTX.com.
Courageous Conversations Planning Group Convener
“After the overwhelming response to the Georgetown Reads book discussion and the Courageous Conversations series in February, Black History Month, we wanted to bring another opportunity for engagement to Georgetown to help people address racism,” said Ron Swain, convener of the Courageous Conversations Planning Group. “There is clearly a thirst for the information people are learning, many for the first time, of the deep roots of racism in our country and state. There is also a deep-seated desire to ensure that Georgetown is a ‘beloved community” where everyone is valued, respected and accepted.’ ”
The Courageous Conversations Planning Group is working on activities for the coming months, including additional workshops, book discussions and information sharing.
The Georgetown Courageous Conversations Planning Group is an interracial, multicultural and multiethnic group of individuals from various faith communities working to facilitate respectful, civil conversations about race.
For more information about the Courageous Conversations Planning Group and to get on the email distribution list, please email LetsTalk@CourageousConvoGTX.com.
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