As a community committed to making the world a more inclusive, compassionate place, Jubilee! partners with other likeminded organizations to promote social justice, racial equity and LBGTQ rights. This spring, we are joining together with the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice to co-sponsor Just Conversations: Dialoguing for Deeper Truth, a series of inclusive online discussions with activists about the lessons they have learned while working long-term with people who share their goals but not their identities. The conversations aim to illuminate the challenges and rewards of communicating with others across historically divided lines of identity, in order to:

  • Grow self-awareness of implicit bias and assumptions
  • Acknowledge the vulnerability required to have deep conversations
  • Gain insight in ways of listening and working with silence
  • Recognize the power and benefit of our interconnectedness

Each inclusive Just Conversations dialogue will be moderated for 45 minutes followed by 30 minutes of audience questions.  

Thursday, June 3rd, 6:30 to 7:45pm ET

Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner and Wakerakatste Louise Hern

Sally Roesch was awarded one of the first doctorates in the country for work in women’s studies, is the founder of one the first college-level women’s studies programs in the United States, and founder and executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation and Center for Social Justice Dialogue.  Wakerakatste (Wa-geh-lah-gats-the) Louise Herne is a condoled Bear Clan Mother for the Mohawk Nation Council, a founding member of Konon:kwe Council, and the principal organizer and leader of Ohero:kon, a traditional Rite of Passage ceremony for Mohawk youth.


Thursday, June 17th, 6:30 to 7:45pm ET

Judge Elaine O'Neal & Dr. Kaaren Haldeman

Elaine M. O'Neal was a District Court Judge for 17 years, the first woman in Durham County to be named Chief District Court Judge and the first woman elected as Superior Court Judge in Durham County.  She is interim dean of NCCU School of Law and chairs the Racial Equity Task Force for the City of Durham,  NC.  Kaaren Haldeman is a mother, activist and intersectional scholar. She was the first statewide chapter leader of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, is a board member of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence, led the Durham Hub of Rise to Run, and served as the vice-chair of the City of Durham Racial Equity Task Force.


Thursday, July 8th, 6:30 to 7:45pm ET

Dorothy Q. Thomas & Professor Lisa Crooms-Robinson

Dorothy Q. Thomas is principal manager of Red Dirt Road Productions, LLC, a strategic advisory firm for scaling and sustaining social change.  She currently advises Reverend Dr. William J. Barber of Repairers of the Breach in North Carolina and leads Free Radicals, an initiative to better measure, publicize and finance women’s affirmative impact on progressive social change. Lisa A. Crooms-Robinson teaches Constitutional Law, Gender and the Law, International Human Rights Law and Supreme Court Jurisprudence.  She is on the board of the Center for Constitutional Rights and the U.S. Human Rights Network.  


Thursday, July 22th, 6:30 to 7:45pm ET

Mandy Carter & Pam McMichael

Mandy Carter is a North Carolina-based black lesbian activist with a 53-year movement history of social, racial and LGBTQ+ justice organizing. She is a co-founder of the National Black Justice Coalition, was one of the five national co-chairs of Obama LGBT Pride and is a former member of the Democratic National Committee’s Black Caucus and LGBT Caucus. Pam McMichael is a co-founder of the national Showing up for Racial Justice, the regional Southerners on New Ground, and the Louisville/statewide Fairness Campaign.  The former Executive Director of the  Highlander Research and Education Center, she is a Tri-Chair of the Kentucky Poor People’s Campaign.


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