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Community Dialogue on Racism

Screening of 13th and Community Dialogue on Racism this Wednesday

The Community Dialogue on Racism program will happen on Wednesday, February 28th at 7 p.m.

The BVJ's screening of 13th, award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay's powerful documentary, and a community dialogue on racism at the Belchertown Town Hall Auditorium, 2 Jabish St., Belchertown

The first half of 13th will be screened on Wednesday, February 28th with conversation to follow, facilitated by Ruth Killough-Hill, and the second half of the documentary will be screened at another time to be decided with conversation to follow, facilitated by Russ Vernon-Jones. (See facilitator bios below.) You are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

Admission is free and accessible. The first half of the program will begin on Wednesday, February 28th with a second date to be announced. Questions? Contact

Ruth Killough-Hill is a white parent, school counselor and community organizer who's committed to building racial equity in schools, institutions and in her family.  As a founding member of Undoing Racism Organizing Collective of Western Mass (UROC), she has co-sponsored the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond workshops for over 20 years.  As a co-leader of Amherst Racial Equity, she develops racial disparities awareness and strategies for cultural organizational change.  Currently she's co-leading a Professional Learning Community for Amherst educators on multi-cultural education and fostering student success.

Dr. Russ Vernon-Jones is a white, anti-racism and climate change educator and activist.    He is a parent, husband, and grandfather.  He was the Principal of the Fort River Elementary School in Amherst for 18 years, where he worked with teachers, parents and students on issues of multi-cultural education, anti-racism, and social justice. Russ has been a presenter on anti-racism at national conferences, schools, churches, and community groups.  His primary current project is “Coming Together: Understanding Racism, Working for Justice and Building Connections”, a multi-racial project seeking to lay the groundwork for effective action to create a more equitable, interconnected, and inclusive community. He is the primary developer of the resource-rich, anti-racism website at



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