Co-chaired by Frances Henderson and Janet McCullough, the BCU Education Committee is charged with educating the broader community on issues of race, class and white privilege, emphasizing their effect on Blount County residents individually and collectively. Accordingly, we meet with various local organizations to encourage and facilitate discussions and interpersonal activities. The Education Committee has held forums and workshops for the following groups: the BC League of Women Voters, The United Way, Alcoa High School American History Class, The Maryville Huddle, New Providence Presbyterian Church, the Blount County Ecumenical Action Council, the Knoxville YWCA, and various classes and student groups at Maryville College.
The committee addresses a range of topics in these workshops which are often held in collaboration with allied groups such as Blount County Showing Up for Racial Justice and Welcoming Immigrant Neighbors-Blount County. Topics of forums to date include implicit racial bias, colorblindness, meeting our immigrant neighbors, reading to learn about racism (focused on parent-child activities), white privilege, the effect of systemic racism on personal and community well-being, and the racial wealth gap.
We invite those interested to join us and help carry on the work of increasing awareness about systemic racism and making this a more welcoming and beloved community for all.