South Carolina Association of Community Action Partnerships
The Hub – June 25, 2021
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SCACAP is pleased to announce the launch of its Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Project. The purpose of the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Project is to provide diversity training to businesses and stakeholders from all sectors of the community. The training will also discuss socio-economic diversity. SCACAP will provide this training on a free and fee-based service to various community groups who request training…
As you may be aware, Juneteenth is recognized on the 19th day of June. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans marking the day 156 years ago when enslaved African-Americans across Texas learned they were free -- months after the Civil War ended and two and half years after the Emancipation Proclamation. As an essential turning point for our nation, June 19th is a day for us all to honor and celebrate as Americans.
In light of Juneteenth, SCACAP held its 2021 Juneteenth Celebration: Driving Change Through Community Conversations Training on Friday, June 18, 2021. SCACAP challenged each of its staff to wear Juneteenth attire or multicultural apparel/colors (see newsletter for photos of staff presenting their Juneteenth attire). Awards were given out for “Best Dressed,” “Most Creative,” and “Was That Today?”
During this training, SCACAP employees, representing an array of age groups, had a poignant discussion about bias in America. The dialogue covered systematic bigotry in government, dining, media, and implicit vs. explicit bias. Participants talked about their personal experiences with discrimination, describing the event and how it made them feel. Lastly, Ms. McMoore challenged each staff member to act as change agents transforming thoughts, viewpoints, and ultimately, systems.
To wrap up the training, staff members participated in an educational Trivia Activity called Juneteenth Brain Brawl, which included the following categories – Juneteenth Facts, Civil War and Civil Rights, South Carolina Facts, African Americans in Entertainment, Individuals/Places, and Government and Laws.