Exploring race relations in a new era
We will explore the following quote by Toni Morrison "American means white, everybody else is hyphenated”. How do people want to define themselves, how important are labels and collecting demographics? Would removing labels from antidiscrimination policies be detrimental to people who face adversity in their workplace? Is racism on the rise in Loudoun County? Do you think people are more embolden to display their racism under our current administration? We will also discuss the immigration ban which many think is in direct conflict with American values. We will have a diverse panel of speakers and encourage the audience to ask questions throughout the talk. This program is not sponsored by Loudoun County Public Library
Here are biographies for our speakers, more will be posted when they become available.
Randy Ihara was born in 1944. He is a third-generation Japanese-American who grew up in Georgetown. He has been a night-club entertainer, bounty hunter, body-guard, community organizer for the Textile Workers Union of America, received a PhD in political philosophy, taught college, worked for three governors and the US Senate and then went into the private sector working for CSX as Assistant to the CEO, then Vice President of the Edison Electric Institute. He retired in 2001.
Robin received her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she focused on Cultural Anthropology and East Asian Studies, with minors in History and Religious Studies. For over a decade Robin worked in various leadership capacities for a large corporation where she oversaw inventory management for an international business team. Currently she is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Robert Morris University where she has done coursework on issues of cultural and racial diversity. Robin is an Overseas Citizen of India.
Born in Africa, Tendai Phiri is the youth coordinator for the Loudoun NAACP who seeks social justice for young adults like her who are often overlooked. She works as an assistant teacher at a Montessori school.
Kevin Grisby is a lifelong resident of Loudoun County and father of two. He has been a social worker for 22 years and has written two books. Those books are Howardsville: The Journey of an African-American Community in Loudoun County and From Loudoun to Glory: The Role of African-Americans from Loudoun County During the Civil War.