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Do Not Be Afraid: Changing the Narrative in the Midst of Racial Conflict

A BPFNA Conflict Transformation Training Focused on Racial Justice

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March 30, 2016

Do Not Be Afraid: Changing the Narrative in the Midst of Racial Conflict

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BPFNA is interested in continuing and expanding this training. If you would like to bring this training to your city, contact LeDayne at ledayne@bpfna.org or 704-521-6051.


On Saturday, March 19 at St. John's Baptist Church in Charlotte, BPFNA held its first Conflict Transformation training specifically focused on racial justice and changing the narrative in the midst of racial conflict. Called Do Not Be Afraid, the theme for the training was inspired by a quote from civil rights champion John Lewis, “If we want to build the beloved community, we cannot be afraid.”

BPFNA Board member Kadia Edwards and Executive Director LeDayne McLeese Polaski led the training, and attendees included a mix of Baptist pastors, members of the Charlotte community, and BPFNA staff members.

Together participants worked to analyze root causes of conflict,understand the experience of being marginalized, recognize the power of being in the mainstream, identify harmful racial stereotypes, listen across difference, explore trauma awareness and resilience, and better realize how to get outside our comfort zones to do the work and have the conversations that lead to breaking free from cycles of violence. 

The training proved to be life-changing for many:

“The most helpful thing was allowing space for dialogue without seeking to direct the conversation to ‘a solution’ or ‘the answer.’”

“It was so good to actually engage in a conversation about race and conflict.”

“I appreciated receiving guidance for effective confrontation, knowing that there are practical alternatives to ‘fight or walk away’.”

“The tools shared helped me to realize I need to be braver and take more risks. I need to have more honest conversations. The tools will be extremely beneficial for me in having conversations with people with whom I both agree and disagree.”

“This training will help me be a better equity advocate and change agent for social justice.” 


BPFNA is interested in continuing and expanding this training. If you would like to bring this training to your city, contact LeDayne at ledayne@bpfna.org or 704-521-6051.



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