WRUS presents race re­la­tions ex­pert

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CENTREVILLE — Wye River Up­per School an­nounces that through a gen­er­ous grant from Tom and Cathy Hill of Tal­bot County, they will host a free pre­sen­ta­tion by Daryl Davis at the school on April 6 at 6:30 p.m.

Davis is a dy­namic speaker, na­tion­ally ac­claimed rac­ere­la­tions ex­pert and in­ter­na­tion­ally known mu­si­cian and ac­tor. He has taken his ex­pe­ri­ence in tran­scend­ing racial and cul­tural bar­ri­ers around the world and suc­cess­fully ap­plied them where it is needed now more than ever, right here in the United States.

En­vi­sion these highly im­prob­a­ble and un­likely sce­nar­ios:

An un­armed, lone black man at a Ku Klux Klan rally, not agree­ing with their ide­ol­ogy, but leav­ing with the group’s re­spect.

A black man sit­ting down to din­ner with mem­bers of the Klan in his home and in theirs.

Klan mem­bers, af­ter com­ing to know this man, vol­un­tar­ily leav­ing the KKK and giv­ing him their robes & hoods.

Davis has per­son­ally lived all of the above sce­nar­ios and ac­com­plished much more in his ef­forts to im­ple­ment di­ver­sity ap­pre­ci­a­tion and racial har­mony.

Davis is the re­cip­i­ent of the Wash­ing­ton Eth­i­cal So­ci­ety Bridge Builder Award and the highly pres­ti­gious Amer­i­can Eth­i­cal Union’s El­liotBlack Award, among oth­ers. He is the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor/ Cu­ra­tor and founder of The Na­tional Ku Klux Klan Mu­seum and the Klan We Talk fo­rum.

Wye River Up­per School val­ues di­ver­sity and ed­u­cat­ing stu­dents on our civil rights his­tory. Prior to Davis’ speak­ing en­gage­ment, stu­dents from Wye River will be on a “2016 Peace and Res­o­lu­tion Tour” where they will visit Mont­gomery, Birm­ing­ham, and Selma, Alabama. They will visit ma­jor his­tor­i­cal sites re­lated to the Amer­i­can Civil Rights move­ment of the 20th Cen­tury. This is the cul­mi­na­tion of cross-cur­ric­u­lar study in the area.

The April 6 event will be held at 6:30pm at Wye River Up­per School, 316 S. Com­merce Street, Centreville. While there is no charge for the event, those in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing are en­cour­aged to pre-regis­ter ei­ther on­line at wyeriverup­per­school.org or by call­ing the school, 410-7582922.

Wye River Up­per School is a col­lege prepara­tory high school of­fer­ing a sup­port­ive yet chal­leng­ing cur­ricu­lum for stu­dents with a wide range of learn­ing styles and needs such as ADD / ADHD and dys­lexia.

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