Wye River Upper School announced that through a generous grant from Tom and Cathy Hill of Talbot County, they will be hosting a free presentation by Daryl Davis.
Mr. Davis is a dynamic speaker, nationally acclaimed race-relations 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 Elliot-Black 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 the Davis event, students from Wye River will be on a “2016 Peace and Resolution Tour” where they will be visiting 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 6th event will be held at 6:30pm at Wye River Upper School, 316 S. Commerce Street, Centreville, MD. 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, 410-758-2922.
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.