Rethinking Race Film Festival

Wednesday, Feb 24, 2021 at 12:00pm

Akron, OH 44301

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Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond

A virtual forum in which race and race-related issues can be discussed, examined, and hopefully, better understood through conversations, film, and speakers. Rethinking Race hopes to engage the public with important topics such as diversity in the workplace and awareness of issues and culture.


12:00pm - 1:00pm: ‘The Color of Health: Examining Racism as a Public Health Crisis’

A live stream forum on public policy, health care access, race and racism. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Cuyahoga and Franklin County boards of health and many others, have recognized discrimination as a public health crisis. This forum will address these critical race-related disparities.

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2:00pm - 3:00pm: Akron African American virtual trolley tour:

Hosted by the Summit County Historical Society of Akron, OH

Akron African American virtual trolley tour with a live welcome, a video of tour, and a Q&A session.

Cost: Free

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4:00pm - 5:30pm: Sunny Matthews: Standing up Against Keyboard Warriors Responding with Integrity and Facts to Racism Online”

Sunny Matthews: Standing up Against Keyboard Warriors Responding with Integrity and Facts to Racism Online”: Our increasingly-digitized world means that we often have difficult conversations with people we will never meet IRL. How to navigate questions of race online without losing yourself in frustration, or to those who would deplete your energy. Stand your ground, keep your integrity, lessons from Sunny Matthews’s Dimensions of Isms.

DIMENSIONS OF “ISMS”: Affirming the Humanity in Us All. That’s the mantra that Kenyona Matthews lives by, and it’s the positive message she brings to all her talks – which is why her nickname is “Sunny”! She brings passion, light, humility, and an uplifting message to all her talks, that touch the soul and brings out the humanity in us all.
Back in 2016, Kenyona co-founded “Dimensions of Isms” with Ginger Bakos. What started out as a three-part workshop on diversity issues (racism, classism, sexism) grew to become a grassroots organization. The vision for Dimensions of Isms is to bring awareness and progression to societal issues through training in corporate environments, church workshops, speaking engagements, and other civil and social organizations. Ms. Matthews continues to speak with various organizations throughout the United States including: TEDx Series, Indivisible, Big Love, K thru 12 schools, colleges, non-profits, and Women’s March on Washington.

Sponsored by the Center for Conflict Management

Cost: Free

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