‘Come Meet A Black Person’ Networking Event To Be Held In Georgia
Cheryle Moses, founder of Urban MediaMakers and the magazine BlackGwinnett, is holding a “Come Meet A Black Person” networking event in Lawrenceville, Georgia, on Nov. 16.
Attendees will pay $15, receive a name tag, eat chili and corn bread, and get an opportunity to meet a black person.
Moses, who is black, told The Washington Post that she “wanted to do something different” for Urban MediaMakers’ 16th anniversary:
As a black person I deal with racism every day. It’s a part of life. Nowadays I have become more fearful. I have never been afraid when it comes to race but now I am. And I don’t think I’m alone. I want to do my part to change things.
Moses said she got the idea a few months ago when she read that most white people do not have non-white buddies:
Many white people want to begin to cultivate relationships with black people but don’t know how to and this is an opportunity for them to feel comfortable.
The only way to change the divisiveness that’s going on is to be one-on-one with people. Policy won’t really change things, but forming relationships will.
Moses says the response to the event has been “phenomenal,” and people across the country want to have a similar event in their cities.
Moses did recall that one woman called her screaming:
I’m white but I have black family members. I work with black people. This is an awful idea.
After Moses explained the event to her, the woman calmed down.