Women of Color Cook, Eat & Talk: Lila Cabbil & Barbara Roos profoundly inspire audience

Approximately 30 community members came out on a cold Thursday evening to take part in OKT’s Feb. 11, 2016 “Women of Color Cook, Eat & Talk.”  Prof. Barbara Roos, a white ally who worked for voting rights in Mississippi in the 60s,  & Lila Cabbil, President Emeritus, Rosa Parks Institute, addressed the topic “The Role of White Allies in Fighting Racism.” Even though Lila was not able to be there in person — and our Skype attempts did not work — the audience experienced collective “aha!” moments as they listened to her voice via speaker phone. Ms. Roos similarly captivated all with stories of her work during the civil rights movement. Both women touched on the importance of creating authentic relationships within the continuing movement for equity and justice — relationships that extend past the 9-to-5 job or justice event and into our personal places and spaces. OKT thanks local filmmaker, Girbe Eefsting, for bringing in equipment for the event and offering expertise to solve our technical challenges.

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2 thoughts on “Women of Color Cook, Eat & Talk: Lila Cabbil & Barbara Roos profoundly inspire audience

  1. Thank you for hosting the event, it provided me with great insight. I was wondering if there would be a flow up to this event, or any more similar talks relating to the topic of the Role of White Allies in Fighting Racism covered in February. I know we quickly ran out of time, but I was hoping that there would have been a group conversation reflecting the presenters sentiments and diving more deep into the implications in our own communities. I would love to expand on the “aha” moments 🙂

    Thanks much!

    Daria

    Daria Gosztyla Project Coordinator Urban Forest Project – Friends of Grand Rapids Parks 648 Monroe Ave NW – Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Phone – (989) 992-3048 For more information please visit: http://www.friendsofgrparks.org http://www.urbanforestproject.com

    On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 2:02 PM, Our Kitchen Table wrote:

    > oktable posted: “Approximately 30 community members came out on a > cold Thursday evening to take part in OKT’s Feb. 11, 2016 “Women of Color > Cook, Eat & Talk.” Prof. Barbara Roos, a white ally who worked for voting > rights in Mississippi in the 60s, & Lila Cabbil,” >

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