Participate in a virtual civil rights tour and interactive discussion with an emphasis on the cities of Birmingham, Montgomery and Selma with T. Marie King. Moderated by Samantha Dubrinsky.
T. Marie King, 40, has been working tirelessly on a broad range of efforts, including hosting workshops on bias and empathy to push groups and organizations to move toward change.
"My [efforts] are centered around working with people and organizations to help them understand their own personal biases and have more awareness of how they [may be] contributing to what is taking place in society," she said. "[I've been] working with them to be more empathetic toward other people, working with them on how they engage with communities of color."
King, who hosts seminars on the local, state and national levels, has worked with groups as diverse as the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Dance Foundation, the Levite Jewish Community Center, the Alabama State Council of the Arts, and the Birmingham Police Department.
"I push organizations to really look at what equity looks like and [see] how to get innovative and creative with pulling in different communities," she said. "Before they pull in different folks from marginalized or disenfranchised communities, though, we have to make sure they have the right culture so those folks can succeed. We want people to get involved and want people of all races to fight for change, but a lot of times people's lenses are blocking them from doing the work that needs to be done."
King said she wants groups to look inward.
"I really wanted to focus my work [on those] who have the most power in our society to get them to look at themselves, do the internal work they need to do so we can change society, change how our communities look, change laws, change how organizations are run."
Samantha Dubrinsky serves as the Levite Jewish Community Center's Executive Director. Samantha, who graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2011, is passionate about creating, enhancing and serving the Birmingham Jewish and broader communities. After graduating from Troy University with a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Business Administration, Samantha pursued a career in the JCC world. Previously, she worked at the Birmingham Jewish Federation and was selected by Jewish Federations of North America as "A Face of the Future," as well as a FEREP, a prestigious scholarship program awarded to a small group of young Jewish professionals. Samantha is a Birmingham native and lives about three minutes from the LJCC with her husband, 17-month-old son and their three rescue dogs.
The program is presented in partnership with Tucson J, Levitte JCC Bermingham, Arizona Center for Judaic Studies, The Dunbar Pavilion, The University of Arizona Hillel Foundation
Sunday, January 31, 2021
Online via Zoom
$18 General Public | $12 Members and J-Pass Holders
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