Navigating Racial Barriers

Musician to lead talk on listening without judgment

A free talk on listening to opposing beliefs without striking back will be presented Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. at Portland Baha’i Center in St. Johns featuring an esteemed R&B and Blues musician known for his efforts to improve race relations in America.

The polarization of beliefs around racism is growing wider and deeper by the day. How can we begin to build a bridge over this enormous divide when so many can’t even face each other without verbal or physical abuse? We don’t have to accept a person’s viewpoint, but we can initiate conversations to learn more about each other and build respectful relationships.

Organized by a grass roots community organization called Take PART (Portland Anti-Racism Team), the guest speaker will be Daryl Davis, an author, actor and bandleader from Chicago known for his energetic style of boogie-woogie piano.

Over the years, Davis is credited with convincing many Klansman to leave the racist group and denounce the KKK.

His talk in north Portland is sponsored by Take PART (Portland Anti-Racism Team) as part of a monthly series that explores the many ways people are bombarded with racist messages, how to recognize and delete these messages, and to consciously build equitable communities.

The Baja’I Center is located at 8720 N. Ivanhoe St.