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Open Our Hearts and Minds to End Racism

Open Our Hearts and Minds to End Racism

Who are we?
Opening Our Hearts and Minds to End Racism “was planned as a yearlong faith based series of events beginning in January 2020. The occurrence of the pandemic caused a number of events to be canceled. We have decided to continue the Series throughout the fall of 2020 and into 2021.

Series will continue to provide interactive and multidimensional public events. The Series goal is to increase our understanding of how we think and feel about racism resulting in actions that can help to transform us and individuals and the systems of racism in our country. 

The Series began with Voices of Justice Speaker, Milton Dockery and the multimedia live production of “Tolton: From Slave to Priest. We will launch the continuation of the Series with Implicit Bias training on September 19, 2020. Further offerings are still being planned but include additional Voices of Justice speakers as well as other opportunities to help us as individuals and as a community to grow in our understanding of racism and support addressing the dismantling of systems of racisms. 

Throughout the Series the Racine community will be made aware of a wide variety of additional community events, print and multimedia resources for their continued exploration of the topic.

Registration and Recaps


Implicit Bias Training with David Liners, Executive Director for Wisdom, and Catoya Roberts, Former Wisdom Associate State Director

Where: Virtual

When:  September 19th

  • Free Will Offering

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David Liners is the Executive Director for WISDOM, a Wisconsin network of faith- based organizations, part of the international Gamaliel Foundation. WISDOM is a multi- issue, grassroots organization. Though its roots are in the faith community (congregations belonging to 19 different religious traditions participate in WISDOM), WISDOM has broadened its participation in recent years. Some notable recent evolutions of WISDOM has been the formation of EXPO (EX-incarcerated People Organizing) under the WISDOM umbrella and the increased leadership within the network of Native American people, Immigrants, and Transit-dependent people.

Over the past fifteen years, Liners has overseen the growth of the statewide network from three to twelve diverse, interfaith local organizations in Wisconsin. His duties include leadership training, supervision of organizing staff, and work with local and state leadership groups to develop solid organizing plans. He has developed models for building new projects, for moving start-up projects into long-term stability, and re- organizing projects in need of re-vitalization.

He holds a BA from Marquette University (Political Science and Theology, Magna Cum Laude), a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and a Doctor of Ministry (DMin) from St. Mary of the Lake University


Catoya Roberts is the national network coordinator for Advancement Project National Office’s Formation project where she works to build and sustain a racially diverse coalition of partners. Prior to joining Advancement Project, Catoya was an associate director at WISDOM, a statewide faith-based organizing nonprofit.

Catoya’s faith and love for people led her into the world of organizing and she’s been part of the movement for more than 10 years. She is a trainer and facilitator in the areas of mass incarceration, civic engagement, youth organizing, public health (health equity) and race equity. Catoya was appointed by the governor of Wisconsin to the Public Health Commission to represent the people of Wisconsin and is also a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Cultural of Health Leaders Program.

Catoya is one of the Co-Founders of FREE. FREE is a campaign of EXPO (Ex People Organizing) but for impacted and formerly incarcerated women and girls. She is an associate minister at New Covenant Baptist Church in Milwaukee, WI and was raised in Milwaukee, WI, she attended Hampton University.


This is being offered online via Zoom. Once you are registered you will receive a link to join the training and the advanced materials needed for this training. If you have never joined a Zoom meeting, there is a short webinar introduction:

Postponed: Just Mercy Film Presentation

Where: Racine Public Library

When: Postponed


Postponed: Just Mercy Discussion

Where: Racine Public Library

When: Postponed

Presenter: Ana Garcia-Ashley 

Position: Executive Director, Gamaliel Foundation

Date: 12/12/2020 at 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Location: Gateway Technical College, Great Lakes Room, Racine, WI 53403




Presenter: Milton F.  Dockery

Position:  Instructional Chairman Department History at Milwaukee Area Technical College 

Presentation Title:  "Where do we go from here? A brief history of racism and its impact on American society."

Presentation Date and Time: January 25, 2020  10:00 AM

Location: Gateway Technical College - Great Lakes Room, Racine, WI 53403






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Always in Action


Online Resources about Racism

1. Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice

2. Equal Justice Initiative

3. Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice | TED Talk

4. The future of race in America: Michelle Alexander at TEDxColumbus

5. International Institute for Restorative Practices

6. The blog by Dr. Donald

7. Black History Month

8. Be Bomb Book Club


Print Resources

1. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

2. Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese A. Singh, PhD, LPC

3. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi

4. White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and Michael Eric Dyson

5. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson 

6. Becoming by Michele Obama

7. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander


Faith Based Resources

1. DENOUNCING RACISM A Resource Guide of Faith-Based Principles

2. Prayer for the Elimination of Racism





1. America's Black Holocaust Museum

2. Wisconsin Black Historical Society/Museum



Community Connections