BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE — The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake, will launch a new online discussion series exploring the realities of racism in the Adirondack region as well as the work of local organizations to address these challenges.
The program is being developed in partnership with The Adirondack Diversity Initiative and The Adirondack North Country Association, and is part of ADI’s wider anti-racism education and mobilization initiative.
Titled “The Black Experience in the Adirondacks,” the series will kick off on Thursday at 6 p.m., with a conversation on the mission and work of ADI.
Later discussions will explore the particular dangers of driving in the area as a Black person. The talks will take place live over Zoom, with public registration available at www.theADKX.org. A fuller detailing of the currently confirmed July discussions follows below, and additional events will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Although much of the recent national conversation on racism has focused on events in metropolitan areas, the unfortunate truth is that racism is as much a part of daily life in more rural areas like the Adirondacks. We know that racial profiling is a deeply entrenched issue and is one that plays out in particular on our highways and roads,” said David Kahn, executive director.
“The vision for this series is to acknowledge that the Black experience in the Adirondacks is different than that of white individuals, and in doing so open new conversations about how to meaningfully address these realities. We are delighted to collaborate with the leadership at ADI and ANCA on this series and to amplify their work.”
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