How to talk to your children about race: a community conversation

Tuesday night, October 17th at 7:00 pm, the South Berwick Library hosted a facilitated-guided discussion.

Residents, and particularly parents, are invited to discuss racial incidents in New Hampshire and Maine, including the local report of a boy shouting a racial slur on a school bus in South Berwick, as well as recent events on the national stage.
The discussion will be facilitated by Will Lusenhop, a clinical social worker and professor at University of New Hampshire, and Chair of the Diversity Committee in the UNH Department of Social Work, who is involved in racial justice issues at the university. Will is a resident of South Berwick and a Marshwood School System parent.

A small group of South Berwick residents began planning programs on race two years ago after national attention was drawn to police shootings of black citizens across the country, including Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Fred Gray. This simmering issue on the national stage has been brought to the boiling point with incidents in Charlottesville and in the NFL and with recent incidents in northern New England.

Earlier this month a Claremont boy was taken to the hospital after a teenager allegedly pushed him off a picnic table with a rope around his neck. In Kittery, teens at a soccer game have taken a knee during the national anthem to draw attention to racial injustices, garnering regional and national attention.

This event is co-sponsored by the South Berwick Library & the Central School PTO. The PTO provided a chaperone for children in the Community Room for people who are unable to attend without their children.

Lusenhop, who will lead the discussion, is chair , is a member of the Diversity Task Force in the College of Health and Human Services, teaches on race and diversity to undergraduates and graduate students and provides in-service training on diversity to the NH Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Stay tuned for other anti-racism presentations in your community.

Copyright: Christopher Bear-Beam October 18, 2017

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