Community Learning Series

Unleashing Potential for All is a community space to learn about racism and oppressive structures, discover new voices, and activate community to create the generational change of equity and justice.

Virtual Screening & Community Discussion: A Most Beautiful Thing

Join us for this free screening and panel discussion on racial disparities and social inequities that impact all people, especially Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Featuring the first-ever African American high school rowing team in the nation made up of young men from the West Side of Chicago, many of whom were from rival gangs all coming together to row in the same boat. This film is not rated but does feature explicit language so this conversation is best for adults.

Register to get your free link to watch the film on your own schedule, and to receive additional resources for further learning.

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Trailer: A Most Beautiful Thing - Narrated by Common

Virtual Panel Discussion

Also, join us on August 5 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for a virtual community discussion with Arshay Cooper, whose story is highlighted in the film, and other community leaders and experts, to discuss the systemic themes of the film and how we as a community can begin to identify and disrupt the disparate impacts of systemic racism and unleash the potential within ourselves, our organizations and our communities.

 

More about the Film: A Most Beautiful Thing

The film takes a deep dive into the backstories of these young men, examining the issues of intergenerational trauma and violence. As the team’s captain, Arshay Cooper, reflected…

“When we were on the water, we were in a place where we couldn’t hear the sound of sirens or bullets, and that allowed us to shape a different vision for ourselves, of who and what we could become. And that was a beautiful thing.” — Arshay Cooper

In the wake of the death of a coach, these young men came together again, after 20 years out of the boat, to race once more. For their sons and for their community. And in an extraordinary turn of events, Arshay invited members of the Chicago Police Department to join their reunion team. What then happened was unexpected for all involved.

 

Unleashing Potential For All - Series Guide

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Join a learning circle of virtual neighbors who are helping to create community-based knowledge sharing to achieve equity and justice for all. Register for this 3-part discussion series.

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Watch Movie August 2 to 5

Use your virtual access code to screen the documentary, A Most Beautiful Thing, to prepare for the listening session featuring author Arshay Cooper and guest panelists on August 5.

Listen, Dialogue & Act August 5

Join Loria Yeadon, CEO of YMCA of Greater Seattle, along with special guest Arshay Cooper, Author of A Most Beautiful Thing, and others with lived experiences and expertise in cultural trauma in oppression and racism.

Community Forum August 26

The learning continues with this interactive dialogue on social justice topics inspired from the film. Join this community-led learning forum to dive deep into dialogues with those with lived experiences of oppression and racism.

Community Forum September 16

Over $2 billion has been committed to social justice work. How do you plan to us your time, talent, treasure, and privilege to advance the movement for equity and justice? Let's learn together in this community-driven collaborative space that concludes this inaugural series.

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