Grassroots work means 100s of people gathering to do the work.
Penny Franklin presents as part of a diversity workshop.

The film Little White Lie was screened at the Lyric on Thursday, February 26, at 7:00 pm., followed by a conversation with filmmaker Lacey Schwartz.

Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartz's story of growing up in a typical upper-middle-class Jewish household in Woodstock, NY, with loving parents and a strong sense of her Jewish identity—despite the open questions from those around her about how a white girl could have such dark skin.  Little White Lie is a personal documentary about race, religion, and the legacy of family secrets. See more at:

This event wass sponsored by the Malcolm and Diane Rosenberg Program in Judaic Studies in the Department of Religion and Culture; the Dialogue on Race, a program of The Community Group/New Mountain Climbers Fund; Hillel at Virginia Tech; the Black Organizations Council; and the Black Student Alliance.

Little White Lie : Film Screening & Discussion (Feb 26, 2015)


Third Annual Summit--17 Jan 2015 (invitation)

We featured a panel who have been involved in protests; some of the panel members traveled to Ferguson, MO.  We will have a guest artist, Monica McIntyre, a musician, and in the afternoon, the issue groups will provide updates about the work over the past year.  See this article in the Roanoke Times.

See the reporting about the event: on WDBJ, news, WDBJ (text).

Points of Diversity Workshop in Roanoke, VA on 11 Jan 2015

Members of the Roanoke community asked Wornie Reed and Jim Dubinsky to outline the work we're doing in the county, focusing primarily on the data we're gathering and the work of our issue groups.  Wornie will concentrate on the inequities in the criminal justice system regarding arrests and convictions.  Jim will address how these issues intersect with the work of the Employment and Income Gap group and talk about the banning the box presentation.


Ban the Box Presentation to the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors -- 15 Dec 2014

Our latest projects include the Employment/Income Gap Issue Group's work on Banning the Box; we  presented our recommendations to the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors on 15 Dec 2014.  See this link for the note about our presentation.  Here is our presentation.


Dr. Wornie Reed's TED-X Talk at Virginia Tech on November 14

Listen to/Watch Dr. Wornie Reed's TED-X talk at Virginia Tech entitled, “A Framework for Civil Discourse on Racism." 

Vigils in October

On four successive Wednesdays, from noon until 1:00, a group of concerned citizens joined members of the Dialogue on Race's Steering Committee to stand vigil to recognize the need for change regarding violence against black men.  We met in front of the Montgomery County Government Building, with the support of our local police.  Our goal is to raise public awareness about the level of and widespread nature of the violence.  On October 22, we joined several other groups as part of a broader protest.