Jonesborough’s McKinney Center announces ‘Conversations that Matter’

Published 1:49 pm Friday, September 11, 2020

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“Conversations that Matter” is a monthly on-line series from the McKinney Center. In each “Conversation” two local guests will explore their own culture and perspective, and talk to each other about what makes them unique, discover their similarities, and explore their differences. They will look at where their lives might intersect personally and in the community. The goal of each “Conversation that Matters” is for guests and participants to hear real stories, from real neighbors.
The third event in the series will feature retired minister, activist, and host of Black & White Dialogue, Ed Wolff and Veteran, NAACP member, church deacon, father and husband, Walter Buford. It will take place via Zoom on Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m.
As a viewer, the focus will be on a conversation from two community members who wish to have a conversation on their own personal experiences in Northeast Tennessee. Those who attend will get to watch this conversation unfold with moderation from Katelyn Yarbrough and Michelle Treece.
This monthly series is inspired by the Diversity & Inclusion Subcommittee at the McKinney Center’s desire to highlight the experiences of all voices in Washington County, Tenn., with an intention to include marginalized groups. By showcasing these conversations, the Diversity & Inclusion committee hopes to open doors to new ideas and perspectives amongst our very own neighbors. Questions such as, “What was your experience in grade-school and how did that make you feel?” or, “have you experienced exclusion or racism?” For many of us the answers are different and unique. The McKinney Center believes it is time to talk about our experiences and share them.
There is value in uplifting these stories so that we may learn from one another. Then, after hearing from one another our moderators and guest conversationalists will give insight on how to move forward.
To register for the event, please visit For more information, please call 423-753-0562.

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