Racism in America Forum Series

2020-2021 Focus on Vermont

Sponsored by
The Vermont Racial Justice Alliance
Mount Mansfield Community Television and
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Hosted by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
273 Vermont Route 15, Jericho, Vermont

Moderator: The Reverend Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas, Pastor

How far have we come as Americans in confronting racism? This is a topic that remains so intimidating and painful that we prefer not to talk about it in public for fear of what we might say or reveal, or how others might see or treat us. In this forum series, we wish to create a safe space where we can speak openly and honestly as people of good intent who seek the best for each other and our nation as we honestly face the racial divisions of our past and present with the hope of reconciliation. This year’s forum series will focus on combating racism in Vermont.

HOW TO ATTEND: For the 2020-2021 program year, each forum will be a virtual gathering through Zoom Video Conferencing and distributed through Mount Mansfield Community Television. Pre-registration is required, please. Simply provide your name and email in the quick pre-registration form below. Thank you.

Racism Forum Pre-Registration

If you’re unable to attend, you can view the recorded broadcast by logging into the Mount Mansfield Community Television website.

If you have not used Zoom before, here’s a basic how-to about Joining a Zoom Meeting.

2020 – 2021 OVERVIEW

Rev. Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas, Pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Jericho, VT), gives an overview of the third year of this forum. Source: MMCTV (Mount Mansfield Community TV).


MMCTV is the media sponsor of this series. Links to previous Racism in America videos can be found here on Internet Archive, or at MtMansfieldCtv.org

October 2020 thru June 2021

WEDNESDAY, OCT 7, 2020, 7 PM – Racism Is A Public Health Crisis, City of Burlington

  • Miro Weinberger, Mayor, City of Burlington
  • Rev. Mark Hughes, Executive Director, Justice for All
  • Zoraya Hightower, Councilwoman (Ward 1)
  • Max Tracy, City Council President (Ward 2)

WEDNESDAY, NOV 11, 2020, 7 PM ~ Future Forecast for America Following 2020 Elections

  • Bor Yang, Executive Director & Legal Counsel, Vermont Human Rights Commission
  • Hal Colston, Deputy Mayor, Winooski, Vermont and State Representative
  • Kesha Ram, Candidate, State Senator, Vermont
  • Tyeastia Green, Director of Racial Equity, Burlington, Vermont

TUESDAY, DEC 1, 2020, 7 PM ~ Growing Up Black in Rural Vermont

  • African American High School Students (Mount Mansfield Union High School, Woodstock Union High School and Randolph Union High School) share their experiences.

WEDNESDAY, JAN 13, 2021, 7 PM ~ “The Meeting.”

  • A virtual production of Shades of Truth Theater. The Meeting is a fictional account of a secret meeting between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King.

WEDNESDAY, FEB 24, 2021, 7 PM ~ Is There a Future for Black Entrepreneurs in Vermont?

  • Robert Hughes, Hughes Development Properties
  • Leslie McCrorey Wells, Pizzeria Verità, Trattoria Delia and Sotto Enoteca
  • Earl Ransom, Strafford Creamery
  • Al Wakefield, Wakefield Global

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 31, 2021, 7 PM ~ Braver Angels

The November 2020 Presidential Election revealed the great ideological, racial, and political divide separating our nation. Is there hope for healing, or are we so fixed in our separate bubbles of belief that the possibility of bridging the divide is impossible? Representatives from Braver Angels, a group organized by Democrats and Republicans following the 2016 presidential election, will be our guest speakers to address both the political and racial divides in our nation.

WEDNESDAY, APR 28, 2021, 7 PM ~ NAACP in Vermont

  • Because of unexpected events regarding race relations in the life of our state (Vermont), the April Forum focusing on Fair and Impartial Policing will need to be rescheduled for a later time in our 2021-2022 season. This month I am pleased to inform you that leaders of the NAACP in Vermont – Mia Schultz of the Rutland County Chapter, and Steffen Gillom of the Windam County Chapter – will be our guests to share their thoughts about priorities, major issues, and concerns affecting Black Vermonters and Vermonters of Color. 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2021, 7 PM ~ NAACP in Vermont (final forum of this season)

May 19, 2021, 7:00 pm: The Social Equity Caucus 

In the summer of 2019 Vermont state senators, representatives and citizens met at Hartford Union High School in Hartford, Vermont to form the Social Equity Caucus to advocate for the creation and passage of social justice legislation affecting people of color. We shall hear and discuss what progress has been made from its founder, State Representative Kevin Christie, and other Caucus members.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – 273 Vt Route 15 – PO Box 495 – Jericho, VT 05465

© All Rights Reserved – Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – Jericho, VT – 2021