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Free programs at library meant to encourage an understanding of racism, racial identity and how race impacts society

Oregon City Public Library will be hosting "Building Bridges: Conversations about Race," series of free programs meant to encourage an understanding of racism, racial identity and how race impacts society.

Alexis BralyLongtime educator, activist and Oregon native Alexis Braly plans to provide opportunities for participants to think critically, reflect, learn and engage meaningfully with others in their community. The sessions will include a presentation on the topic as well as activities that will allow participants to share and discuss the issues raised.

"The work of healing communities is something I have always been passionate about," Braly said. "My lived experience has required cross-cultural communication while straddling an African-American community on my father's side and a white-Irish community on my mother's side."

The program will take place from 5-7 p.m. every third Thursday from September through February at the library, 606 John Adams St., Oregon City. Each session will focus on a different topic:

• Oregon History: Sept. 19

• Cultural Appropriation Versus Cultural Exchange: Oct. 17

• Race as a Social Construct: Nov. 21

• Connecting Across Racial Difference: Dec. 19

• Identity Development: Jan. 16

• Microaggressions: Feb. 20

"In my experience, healing begins with connection and the art of building bridges can only come from vulnerability, common language, and a passion for change," Braly said. "This six-month program looks to do all three and would not have been possible without the passion and engagement from the Oregon City community."


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