VIRTUAL Diversity & Inclusion Workshop Series: Acknowledging the Dividing Lines: Race & Real Estate

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Name: VIRTUAL Diversity & Inclusion Workshop Series: Acknowledging the Dividing Lines: Race & Real Estate
Date: October 26, 2021
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Registration: Sorry, online registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

In conversation with KC Real Estate Attorney, Shomari Benton, Tanner Colby, the author of Some of My Best Friends Are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America, will discuss the history of race and real estate practices and how our communities continue to be impacted today.
Colby’s book Some of My Best Friends are Black is a narrative history of modern race-relations in the United States, and was nominated for the American Library Association's 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Non-fiction. After the election of America’s first black president, Tanner Colby realized that not only had he had no black friends, but he’d never even had a black teacher, college professor, or workplace mentor. Nearly everyone he knew and interacted with was white. Colby sought to discover how half a century after the Civil Rights Movement true integration has made few in roads in so many Americans’ lives. The Strange Story of Integration offers an honest portrait of race in America, and specifically traces the history of housing discrimination in Kansas City neighborhoods.”
The conversation between Colby & Benton will be facilitated by Educator Marlee Bunch. Marlee Bunch holds two graduate degrees—one from DePaul University and the other from Emporia State University. Her background includes fifteen years of experience in teaching and education. She has taught literature, Advanced English, Reading/Writing Workshops, Adult Education, Gifted Education, and poetry. She facilitates and implements writing workshops for Race Project KC (Cultivating Writers), and is the Senior Director of Diversity and Culture for Comprehensive Mental Health. She is completing her Ph.D., in Diversity and Equity, from the University of Illinois.

This facilitated conversation is made possible in part through a grant from Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area. The mission of Freedom’s Frontier is to tell the stories of our struggle for freedom. Freedom’s Frontier promotes heritage conservation, recreation, and economic development through it’s partnerships with organizations across Kansas and Missouri.

Thank you to our 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Sponsors!

Our Diversity & Inclusion Workshop Series Presenting Sponsor is Commerce Bank.

Our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Presenting Sponsors are CommunityAmerica Credit UnionEvergy and Hallmark. Our Cornerstone Sponsors are American Century InvestmentsBayer,  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas CityEwing Marion Kauffman Foundation JE Dunn ConstructionLockton CompaniesREACH Healthcare FoundationSaint Luke's Health SystemT-MobileUMB Bank and Waddell & Reed. Our Regional Diversity Sponsors are Black & VeatchFleishmanHillardGrant ThorntonHeavy Constructors AssociationHoneywell FMTKansas City Royals,  McCownGordon ConstructionSpireSS&CState Street and VanTrust Real Estate. Our Supporting Diversity Sponsors are AccentureBank MidwestBardavon Health InnovationsBryan Cave Leighton PaisnerCBIZ/MHMCernerChildren's MercyEnterprise HoldingsErnst & YoungGarminGoogle Fiber,  HNTB CompaniesHusch BlackwellH&R BlockKansas City UniversityKVC Health SystemsLathrop GPMLead Bank,  Mazuma Credit Union,  McAnany, Van Cleave & PhillipsShook Hardy & BaconSouthwest AirlinesStinsonThe Builders' Association The University of Kansas Medical Center, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, The University of Kansas Health System and Turner Construction Company.

This event series is in partnership with:

  • Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce
  • Grandview Chamber of Commerce
  • Independence Chamber of Commerce
  • Liberty Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mid-America LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • South Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
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  • The Race Project

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Date/Time Information:
Tuesday, October 26
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Contact Information:
Greg Valdovino
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