Race: Are We So Different?
In a city that has a really hard time discussing racial issues and examining differences Cincinnati is going to give it a try.
From January 17 thru April 26 the Cincinnati Museum Center will be hosting a traveling exhibit called “Race: Are We So Different?”. The exhibit explores the scientific, historical and social aspects of race.
The exhibit began at the Science Museum of Minnesota in January 2007. More than 240,000 people visited the exhibit there which was a 7% increase in attendance from the period in the previous year.
In Cincinnati the opening ceremony begins on January 17 with a reconcilliation service between First Unitarian Church of Cincinnati in Avondale and the descendants of African-American Unitarians who were denied membership at the church in the twenties and thirties.
There will also be culture fests at the Museum Center during Martin Luther King weekend.
In conjuction with the exhibit the Cincinnati Enquirer is looking for readers to participate in a special forum on racial identity. They especially want biracial and multiracial households.
This should be really good. If there was a top five list of American cities that need to have a talk on race Cincinnati would be on that list. Now will citizens, both black and white, be able to come together and do it –I wouldn’t hold my breath. When it comes to race we haven’t even gotten to technicolor yet and this thing seems more like high definition for folks who can only see things in either black or white, not gradations of gray. But I guess we have to come into the 21 century at some point.
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