Graduates and Allies: A conversation about race and reality

Desiree Johari
Desiree McCray, left, and Johari Idusuyi engaged one another and the members of the SDART team in conversation about their experience of racism and their commitment to help dismantle it.

These resources were generated for and/or used by the Springfield Dominican Anti-Racism team (SDART) to help us analyze and engage more deeply with racist events that occurred in Illinois and Missouri in the fall of 2015.

Four graduates of our schools were invited to share their experiences:

  • Sister Karen Freund, OP, Sacred Heart Academy class of 1961
  • Falon Lawson, Marian Catholic High School class of 2009
  • Desiree McCray, Marian Catholic High School class of 2013
  • Johari Idusuyi, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School class of 2010

Sister Karen ministers in campus ministry at the University of Missouri, Columbia. In this essay she shares her experience of being on campus during the events in the fall of 2015.

Falon Lawson is a 2009 graduate of Mizzou and now lives and works in Chicago where she pursues a master’s degree in healthcare administration.  Her essay shares her experiences of racism during her student days on the Mizzou campus.

For study and contemplation

Videotape of the Graduates and Allies session at SDART, December 5, 2015. The entire afternoon session on Saturday Dec. 5, 2015, including Q&A with Johari and Desiree. 2 hours.

Johari Idusuyi interview with Rachel Maddow

Johari Idusuyi poem

Desiree McCray’s video post, November 2015 (May be accessible only to Desiree’s Facebook followers)

Jonathan Butler news conference November 9, 2015

Sister Karen Freund’s essay

Falon Lawson’s essay

For fun and encouragement

This video expresses the joy and energy that Johari, Desiree, Falon and Karen brought to us by fearlessly sharing their truth. After every meeting the SDART team sings this song and celebrates those who have had birthdays since the last meeting. The December meeting ended in an especially joyful way…

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