Watch now: How these Decatur students are finding common ground talking about race

Now that the library is open again, Bishop said, posters and fliers on the walls might get the word out as well as social media.

The forum comes amid a national conversation about race following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

Woodson also wrote “Brown Girl Dreaming,” and isn’t afraid to tackle difficult topics, Mulomede said.

“I believe they chose me to be here because, being African-American, a lot of the students are also African-American and Latino,” Williams said. He grew up in Waukegan, which has a large Latino population. “This book reminded me a lot of things I have encountered with my friends.”

The key to having these difficult conversations, Mulomede said, is to ask questions. If you’re already friends, that should help.

“If you’re asking questions, you’re not making assumptions,” she said. For example, if your friend says she feels uncomfortable in a situation, don’t dismiss that feeling. Accept and ask how you can help and find out why your friend is uncomfortable. Asking “why do you feel this way?” and “what can I do?”

Another thing to remember, Williams added, is to listen and actually hear what the other person is saying.

Kaream Williams, left, and Kabedi Mulomede lead a group discussion on Wednesday at Decatur Public Library. 


“Share your experiences,” he said. “If someone’s upset, and they start to share their experiences, listen and empathize. Once you hear someone’s experiences, you get another perspective on life.”



July 30, 2020 at 10:50AM

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