[This is one of a series of postings featuring the history of Texas Forums prior to November 2006. These photos were retrieved for the NIF 25th anniversary celebration and are being posted here for those who are new to Texas Forums and want to know more about us. For more entries about our history, go to our History Category Page.
Texas Forums Austin.Listen Project
Texas Forums is a resource for individuals and organizations that want to incorporate dialogue and deliberation as tools for strengthening community. Robyn Emerson, an Austin Civic Entrepreneur worked with Texas Forums to establish Austin.Listen, a project to improve race relations in Austin.
Volunteer moderators in Texas Forums moderated NIF forums on Race for City employees and council member staff. Texas Forums also worked with Austin.Listen to conduct four simultaneous forums at the LBJ Library in partnership with Future Forum, another member of the LBJ Family of Organizations on the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.
One gentleman, who only participated because he was in town visiting his son who wanted to attend commented that it was an eye-opening and humbling experience. Until he heard the stories of other participants who have experienced racial discrimination, he had assumed that race relations had been solved. He committed himself to taking personal action against racism in his own life and community.
Participants identified key areas and made personal commitments to change. Although Austin.Listen is not an ongoing project of Texas Forums will provide additional resources to the community by hosting a Study Circles Resource Center orientation in 2007 to introduce the new materials they have produced with Mott Foundation funding. These materials include community assessment and organizing tools and offer the logical next steps to the race relations forums held in Austin.
Click here to see more pictures from the Texas Forums Race Relations Forums.