Who Do You Think You Are: Moving Beyond Words to Rewrite Our Racial Narrative

We are more alike than we are unalike – or so says the often-quoted poem by Maya Angelou. Yet a substantial part of our cultural heritage is a racialized narrative that not only emphasizes our differences, but also ranks them as indicators of human worth. Such a narrative can only reproduce pervasive and chronic disconnection. In Maureen Walker’s presentation, “Who Do You Think You Are: Moving Beyond Words to Re-write Our Racial Narrative,” Maureen explored her own stories that reproduce that racial stratification. She then examined how disruptive empathy can enable us to re-write our personal narratives and contribute to a larger cultural imagination of human possibility.


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