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Jul 17, 2020

This episode focuses on conversations about race. In the past few months, with the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, other racist incidents occurring, and protests on the rise, racism has been on the minds of many in the country and we are having what some are calling a White Awakening. With this white awakening, there is a need to learn quickly and take action on the feelings that so many have. The topic of race has been a part of many conversations nationally, including a recent CNN & Sesame Street Town Hall on Race. Our episode today will talk about the importance of us all  talking about race and also share ways we can talk about race with kids at an early age. We will focus on what racism is and the learning we all need to do- even our kids. Our episode in August will focus more on how to respond to racism.  


  • Host: Dr. Jennifer Wheat Townsend, Noblesville Diversity Coalition Learning Officer and Noblesville Schools, Director of Learning
  • Mindy Mayes, Bethel AME Church, Pastor
  • Norman Williams, Local Business Owner, ANKLAB Business Solutions
  • Jerry Rairdon, Pastor, Noblesville First United Methodist
  • Wendy Nelson, Noblesville Schools, Bilingual Family Liaison
  • Dr. Jill Walls, Ball State University, Associate Professor
  • Kennedy Winfrey, 2020 Noblesville High School Graduate

Resource List:


  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Race by Robin DiAngelo
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X Kendi
  • How to Be an Anti-racist by Ibram X Kendi


  • Miss Evers' Boys, Movie
  • Thirteenth, Documentary, Netflix
  • 12 Years of Slave, Movie

Children's Books

  • All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman
  • We Are Family by Patricia Hegarty
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  • Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes and Friendship by Irene Latham & Charles Waters
  • Something Happened in our Town by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard
  • Let's Talk About Race by Julius Lester