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Hard Conversations: Talking About Race, Part 1 with Shannon Polk and Maggie John

An Honest Conversation About Race

As a nation, we are talking about race. For some these conversations have been going on for generations and for others open conversations about race are new territory. No matter where you find yourself in the larger conversation, this episode is for you.

Both of our guests are professional hard-conversation-havers. Maggie John is Producer and Host of the Canadian television show Context Beyond the Headlines where she does just that, gives context to the day’s headlines from her studio outside of Toronto. Shannon Polk is both an attorney and pastor, in the process of merging two congregations (one predominantly white the other predominantly black) into one in Flint, Michigan. They are trusted voices here at the sisterhood and we are so glad to have them for not one, but two episodes as we dive into how to talk about race.

We recorded these episodes a few weeks ago. Even since recording, the headlines have highlighted the reality, tension, and pain surrounding these conversations. They are difficult, yet important, which is why we are not avoiding them. We are approaching them together, as a unified sisterhood, fighting for a better way to have hard conversations.

Listen to this conversation on iTunes or watch it on YouTube!!

Connect with Shannon

You can connect with Shannon on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or her website.

Connect with Maggie

Connect with Maggie on Facebook, Instagram, or her show’s website.

Some Things You May Have Heard On The Show:

Maggie’s show Context Beyond the Headlines

The Baby Depot

GEMS girls clubs

The Meeting House

The Jesus Collective

Riverside Tabernacle, Flint, MI

Junior League

Michigan Humanities

Truth’s Table podcast

Latasha Morrison’s Be The Bridge podcast

Charlie Dates

Our previous episode with Maggie. Episode 117.

Our previous episode with Shannon. Episode 130.


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