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How to Help Heal Racism in America -- A Six Session Workshop Series

Thursday, September 24, 2020, 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM
This is a virtual event and you will receive a ZOOM invitation 24 hours in advance of each session
Boston, MA  02132
Mary Gunn
Virtual - Webinar
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Each session will be recorded. Participants may be asked to do "homework" between sessions.
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 12:01 AM

Workshop Description
Racial injustice seems to be an inescapable fact of the human experience and this country’s history shows what a devastating impact it has. Yet there are ways to counteract it even if it may never be fully eliminated.

This 6-session workshop series is designed to help participants come to terms with the hard facts of racism and offer tools to help us build a more just America. We can free our country of virulent racism and in the process free ourselves. leaving America more just and humane than we found it.

Each of the six sessions will be two-hours long. The sessions will be highly interactive and participants are asked to bring a journal and pen to capture personal reflections. We will examine our own attitudes and behaviors, consider how we can become role models for the world and take actions that make change for generations to come.


The workshop will be facilitated by Lester Strong and Ev Mann, co-founders of elder odyssey.

  • Lester Strong served as CEO of AARP Experience Corps, a literacy program for underserved children. He founded Peaceful Guardians to encourage community dialogue between young people and police officers. As CEO of SYDA Foundation, he served yoga and meditation students in 46 countries. Previously, he was a TV news anchor and reporter for more than 25 years. Lester is a graduate of Davidson College as well as Columbia Business Schools Institute of Non-profit Management.
  • Ev Mann is a musician/educator and founder and executive director of the Center for Creative Education and MaMA, Marbletown Multi-Arts.  Ev has masters degrees in religious studies and music composition and currently co-leads the Encore Transition Program at Union Theological Seminary in NYC.

This series normally costs $195. Encore Boston Network is able to offer this program for $75, thanks to the generosity of Lester and Ev.

What to Expect from Each

1. Accepting What Is  9/24/2020  10:00-12:00 In this session, participants are urged to come to terms with seeing and accepting the racial injustice in the world as it is rather than as we think it should be. But this acceptance does not mean resignation. We can effectively overcome barriers of racism only if we can see its motivations for what they really are.

 2. Using Radical Love  10/1/2020  10:00-12:00 Love and all its permutations, such as compassion, patience, humility and kindness, is the one indispensable tool in overcoming social and racial inequities. This is not a sentimental type of love but rather a resilient and unconditional love that sustains us and that has been described by social justice giants such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa.

 3. Overcoming Fear 10/8/2020  10:00-12:00 The opposite of love is not hate… its fear. Fear of loss — loss of our way of life. Threats to ourselves, our loved ones, our social status and even our possessions keep us from doing what we know is right. And yet through our inaction, we become complicit in the very injustices we seek to overcome. Only by first confronting our personal fears can we demonstrate courage for others so that they may face their fears as well.

 4. Creating My Intention 10/15/2020 10:00-12:00

Our Intention becomes the “North Star” that guides our behavior in all things. It is not so much about how we want the world to be but rather how we choose to BE in the world. Intention gives strength and clarity to every decision and action we take. When we live our intention, we are fully aligned with bending the arc of history toward justice.

5. Tapping Into My Greater Self
10/22/2020 10:00-12:00 When we operate from our intellect, senses and experiences, we are using only a fraction of our enormous capacity. There is a Natural Intelligence within every human being that, when tapped into, enhances our insight, intelligence, creativity, joy, love, peacefulness and so much more. Participants are given tools for how to regularly and effectively connect with this underutilized reservoir of human capacity.

6. What Is My Purpose 10/29/2020 10:00-12:00 No single person can take on all the dimensions of racial injustice in this America. The goal of this session, then, is to determine where each of us can have our greatest impact consistent with our skills, talents and passion. We start by using our intention as the foundation for our purposeful actions.