The Child & Family Guidance Center will host its inaugural back-to-school lecture this week on race and politics, and the importance of civil discourse.
The Child & Family Guidance Center at 180 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, Conn. on Wednesday, February 8, 2017.
On Wednesday, the Bridgeport-based nonprofit, which provides mental health treatment and support services to children and families in Fairfield County, will feature guest lecturer Daryl Davis, a blues musician and author.
Davis will go over “practical tools” for bridging divides in the workplace, with friends and at the family dinner table, according to a press release. The event will conclude with a blues and boogie performance and a question and answer session with the audience.
“As a mental health organization, we know that healing and growth is possible through conversation and introspection,” said Michael Patota, the president and CEO of the center, in a statement.
Daryl Davis, who is Black and billed as the ‘Klan Whisperer,’ famously connects with Ku Klux Klan members and white supremacists, and helps them leave and denounce these groups.
Davis has also played backup for Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis.
“Child & Family Guidance (Center) believes in the power of meaningful dialogue to change and heal hearts, and through their advocacy and commitment, to removing the barriers often faced by people of colors in accessing care,” said Davis when he announced the event last month.
The center president, Patota, added that more than half of the individuals the Child & Family Guidance Center serves identify as people of color. “We see, firsthand, the generational traumas and barriers our families so often encounter,” he said.
Patota said the event is an opportunity for attendees “to recognize new perspectives” and “learn new strategies to engage others in difficult conversations.”
But could engaging with white supremacists legitimize them? The center acknowledged that activism takes many forms, and Davis’s approach is one from which many can learn.
“Hosting Mr. Davis is a way to launch deeper conversations that need to happen,” said Patota. “Whether people agree with Mr. Davis’ work or not, his message of civil dialogue is something we all see is sorely lacking in our public sphere.”
Proceeds from the event, which starts at $30 for virtual admission and $75 for general in-person admission, including breakfast, support the center’s mission to provide “culturally competent” mental health treatment and support to children and families, regardless of their ability to pay, according to the release.
Daryl Davis will speak at a back-to-school lecture on race and politics, and the importance of civil discourse.
The Child & Family Guidance Center’s Back-to-School Breakfast Lecture will be held on Wednesday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., in Scinto Auditorium at 3 Corporate Drive in Shelton. The event will also be live-streamed. Tickets are on sale at www.cfguidance.org.Internet Explorer Channel Network