The Conversations Project was born in the late spring of 2020 in response to the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police officer, Derek Chauvin. Mr. Floyd’s death on May 25th, captured on film for the world to see; amplified the #BlackLivesMatter movement and helped to shed light on the countless deaths of Black people in America due to racism and injustice. The last 9 minutes and 22 seconds of Mr. Floyd’s death resonated with throngs of people at home and abroad who were a captive audience due to the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic. Worldwide protests and demonstrations against police brutality, injustice, and systemic racism brought laser focus to the concerns that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) had been raising for hundreds of years. Names like Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Elijah McClain, and countless others became part of the everyday vernacular begging us for justice in their deaths, acknowledgement of their humanity, and a deep painful examination of our own complicity.
As community-based providers, we were grappling with our own grief, trying to make sense of our world not only upended by a global pandemic, compounded by a racial and social justice reckoning. A small group of Clinicians initially gathered over Zoom to share in their grief, and this expanded to managing that grief through action. The group evolved and multiple departments linking community-based work, public health prevention, recovery, and child welfare showed up week after week to discuss not only what changes they were making individually to improve themselves and their corners of the world, but impact this was having on their work, their leadership, and ultimately the care offered to families. The members of the group committed to understanding racism at its core, study the history, policies, and structures that allow it to flourish, and to change it through everyday action.
The Conversations Project Playlist