RACIAL UNITY TEAM
RACIAL UNITY WALK 2017
The Racial Unity Team of Exeter is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $5,000 Express Grant through the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Community Grants Program to conduct a “building bridges” art project called Culture Keeping / Culture Making. The project seeks to engage multigenerational, multicultural Exeter and Seacoast area residents in a conversation about the value of racial diversity and to inspire culture shifts toward a stronger community. The mission of the Racial Unity Team is to advance relationships among people of different racial identities, increase understanding and reduce bias in our community.
Facilitator Richard Haynes, M.F.A., Pratt Institute, renowned artist and Associate Director of Admissions for Diversity at the University of NH, will lead participants in forming expressions of key concepts in, not only being keepers of culture, but also being makers of culture.
Participants’ art works will go on display in Exeter art galleries and may be viewed during The Third Annual Walk a Mile for Racial Unity in Exeter on October 21, 2017.
Grant coordinators Sylvia Foster and Ken Mendis, of the Racial Unity Team, expressed concern that communities around the nation are experiencing an alarming number of acts of hate and bias and a lack of significant signs of resolution. The art project is one of many efforts that the Racial Unity Team is working on to build bridges to new understandings through conversations and community projects.
For more information, including how you may participate, contact Ken Mendis at email@example.com or 1-610-904-8001
Dr. Martin Luther King Day
Breakfast & Celebration
Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy as a peacemaker, seeker of equality and champion of justice was
remembered and celebrated on Monday January 16, 2017, the national holiday.
The Seacoast Annual Martin Luther King Breakfast, organized by various seacoast groups and participants, was held at the Red Brick Church of Exeter, 2 Spring Street, Exeter,
Breakfast was served in the lower level Community Center of the church starting at 9am until 10:00am The suggested donation for the breakfast was: Seniors and Students $2-$4, Adults $6-$10. At 10:30 in the upstairs sanctuary, the program of celebration, with keynote speaker Dr. Courtney Marshall, began. Local students shared their writings of King, community leaders reflected on his legacy, while local musicians (Kent Allyn, Suzie Burke, Dave Charette, Doug Holzapfel, Matt Langley, Bob McCarthy, Ilona Tipp, Lillian Buckley) shared music of unity, peace and hope.
Exeter’s second annual Walk a Mile for Racial Unity will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016. Beginning at 10:00 a.m. , the public is invited to join a guided one-hour tour which will explore how race has shaped Exeter’s history. Beginning at The Red Brick Church on the corner of Front and Spring Streets, the walk will highlight sites of importance in the racial history of Exeter, where Native American, African American and Chinese American lives made contributions or experienced discrimination in the background of our town.
Racial issues began when Exeter was officially settled in 1638 by British immigrants and the Squamscott and Algonquian people living in the area were displaced. This tour will further explore how race has shaped Exeter’s history and will, hopefully, open a dialog that will help shape its future.
After the Walk you are invited to return to the starting point, 2 Spring Street, where you can write and post your ideas about racial unity in Exeter. We will also have a short “town hall” meeting about how we today can promote racial unity in Exeter and beyond.
Brochures highlighting sites in downtown Exeter will be distributed to participants, and information based on research by Exeter Historical Society curator Barbara Rimkunas will be distributed on the tour. Guides will include members of a Racial Unity Team (RUT), local volunteers who have been working on tour planning for over a year.
If you are planning to participate in this years walk click on the facebook event and select going. https://www.facebook.com/events/123181298126430/ and if you would like to be a volunteer during this event email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Walk a Mile for Racial Unity 2015
On Saturday, September 25, 2015 a group of 85 local and area people gathered on the steps of The Red Brick Church to walk a mile-long route with significant sites pertaining to racial issues in Exeter. At each of the 11 stops along the route, a Phillips Exeter Academy student held a placard with information about the history of that site. Participants gathered again at the end of the walk at The Red Brick Church and discussed current racial issues and what we can do to improve them. A Racial Unity Team continues to meet at our church and work toward educating both children and adults about racial unity in our town and nation.
Memorial Service for South Carolina Shooting Victims 2015
The memorial service was held Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at the Red Brick Church. Pastor Dee said that the confessed shooter wanted to start a revolution of hatred–a movement to divide and separate people. What we should start is a revolution of love, a revolution that will bring us all together. Fellow Exeter Church Leaders Father Marcel Martel of St. Michael’s Church, Reverend Michael Pendleton of Christ Church and Pastor David Moore of Exeter Area Christian Fellowship joined Pastor Dee in healing prayers and song.