One of our three goals is to improve race relations in Alabama (the other two are to serve God and to broaden the horizons of campers and staff). This event helps us do just that. While we talk about race explicitly with the staff prior to each session of Sawyerville Day Camp, we felt like we wanted more time on the subject.
So, over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend, high school students and adult leaders from around the state gathered in Montgomery to learn more about the history of race in Alabama and to talk about our experiences.
Over the course of the weekend, the group traveled to the Rosa Parks Museum, the Equal Justice Initiative, and the Freedom Rides Museum, and worshipped at Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was once the pastor. Outside of the field trips, we talked about the difference between stereotyping, discrimination, and racism; unpacked privilege and internalized oppression; told stories of times when we experienced or witnessed discrimination; and learned about the current situation in Standing Rock, ND and how indigenous people have been oppressed in the past. Together, we had deep conversations, revisited history, prayed, and dreamed.
Save the Date!
The next Person2Person will be Friday, January 12 - Sunday, January 14, 2018. Online registration will open in November.
Sawyerville Day Camp 521 20th Street North Birmingham Alabama 35203 (205) 358-9237
Sawyerville Day Camp is a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama