The Champaign Community Coalition, in partnership with the First Mennonite Church and the Chapel of Saint John the Divine, sponsored a free screening of the documentary, Racial Taboo, on Sunday, March 4, at First Mennonite Church in Urbana. There were over 150 people in attendance for the screening.
Used in similar viewing events around the country, the film’s true power is realized when it is watched collectively by people of diverse racial backgrounds and followed by a discussion about the film and how it makes audience members feel. Racial Taboo is intended to be a catalyst for open, respectful, and ongoing conversations between people of different races. The film’s trailer can be viewed at www.racialtaboo.com.
Community Coalition partners hope that those attending these events will continue to engage in ongoing discussions and help to work toward unifying our community. This was our community’s eleventh showing, and discussion groups from prior screenings continue to meet to discuss important issues about race.
The Community Coalition understands the urgency of identifying solutions and addressing our community’s most challenging social and economic issues, which often revolve around race.