Race, Families and Milwaukee Summit explores family conversations on race

October 05, 2011

Milwaukee, Wis. – Aurora Family Service will be hosting the fifth annual Race, Families and Milwaukee Summit, featuring keynote speaker Michele Norris, co-host of National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” on Friday, Oct. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago Street.

Norris will kick off the summit with a provocative discussion on racism’s legacy in our community and the role of family conversations about race. With a panel of local leaders, she will explore why family conversations about race are so difficult, why they are so important and how to get started.

Afternoon workshops will also be held on topics including:

• The Role of Secrets in Families;

• Talking Race Across Generations; and

• How to Start the Discussion.

Discussion leaders will include Martha Barry and Annika Leonard of YWCA, Corry Joe Biddle of FUEL Milwaukee/MMAC, and Ann Starr and Jane Pirsig of Aurora Family Service.

Admission is $30 for community members and $15 for students. All proceeds benefit the Aurora Family Service Fund for Advocacy, which supports the annual Race, Families and Milwaukee Summit, Family Issues Forums and other advocacy programs in the community.

Registration is available online at www.aurora.org/RaceSummit.

Founded in 1882, Aurora Family Service is a not-for-profit organization that works with families to create strength-based solutions through community partnerships. The group’s aim is to enhance the ability of families to anticipate, identify, and manage challenges they face in their everyday lives. For more information, visit www.aurora.org/HelpAFS.

Aurora Health Care is a not-for-profit health care provider and a nationally recognized leader in efforts to improve health care quality. Aurora offers services at sites in more than 90 communities throughout eastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

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