Duluth Participates in Race Card Project

Brandon Weathers
Updated: September 30, 2019 10:38 PM

The Race Card Project is a national movement that began in 2010. The idea was to open up conversations by allowing people to define it as individuals with just 6 words.

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City of Duluth Human Rights Officer Carl Crawford said, "6 words is kind of tough to come by, but it really narrows you down to be really specific on how you see the world and your snapshot of how you feel about race today."

Duluthians are being asked to participate in the national project and put their 6 words on display at the downtown library. Adult events and outreach specialist Jessica Korpi said, "So far it has been more than I had initially anticipated, so we're getting more cards printed out, and that's wonderful. I'm so glad that folks are on board and excited and really looking forward to kind of adding their voice to the conversation."

Crawford said, "Often we don't talk about it, and that's part of the challenge is getting comfortable talking about it and dealing with issues as they arise. And not every issue is a negative issue, that's a great way to learn about each other through this process."

The cards will be at the library until November. The conversation then continues with a public discussion at City Hall.

"One thing that we're always looking forward to is building that beloved community that you heard Dr. King speak about so many years ago. And I believe that's still true, but one thing we have to do is get to know each other," Crawford said.

Korpi said, "Connect with folks and create those conversations and look at the hard things and decide what kind of a community we want to have and how we want to build that here at home."

"Come on down, fill out a card, take some time, give it some thought, and come join us at our conversation coming up in November," Crawford said.

After the public discussion November 7th, the race cards will be submitted to the national project.


Brandon Weathers

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