Black Dialogue: Diasporas Role in the #BLM Movement

In collaboration with various Black and African organizations in the King county area, the Black Dialogue was formed to create a virtual safe space for black students to discuss recent events and hold a virtual check-up.

The event was well attended with over 40 participants coming from various organizations and ranging in age. The discussion began with a group discussion on everyone's mental health. We then dug deeper via break out sessions to share resources that have helped us on an individual level. Coming back into a larger group we ended with steps to move forward and we gave space for individuals with organizations to speak on the work they were doing to push the Black Lives Movement.

We know that there is still some work to do but being able to create a safe space for black individuals to come together not only was therapeutic but it amplified the importance of black solidarity. Post this event, we realized the need for these types of conversations to continue and with the feedback, we received; participants were more than willing to join us in the next one.

This virtual event holds dear to our mission of bridging Black and African youth organizations and we're glad to be a part of the founding and planning team for this rolling event. We look forward to the next one.

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