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+You: Building the Beloved Community

Dear Lincoln County Community:

We invite you to join us for a discussion on Friday, Jan. 22: +You: Building the Beloved Community. The event will be streamed live on YouTube from 9-10 a.m. PST.

As we mark the 35th anniversary of the federal observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we reflect on Dr. King’s vision of “the Beloved Community”—a community that includes diversity and allows for tension undergirded by love and leads to transformation. As we turn the page on 2020 —a year that compelled us to wrestle with the twin pandemics of COVID-19 and a legacy of systemic racism —how will we move forward to build that Beloved Community?

On Jan. 22 at 9am PST, Habitat for Humanity will host +You: Building the Beloved Community, a virtual discussion about the opportunities before us and the challenges we must still overcome. Particular focus will be given to the role that safe, decent and affordable housing plays in the Beloved Community, and how organizations like Habitat can orient their work through an equity lens. Participants will also discuss the prospects for change following the inauguration of the Biden-Harris administration.

Participants will include:

  • Audie Cornish, Host, NPR's "All Things Considered."

  • Thomas Wilson Mitchell, Law professor at Texas A&M University and 2020 MacArthur Fellow.

  • Natosha Reid Rice, Global diversity, equity and inclusion officer, Habitat for Humanity International

  • Additional speakers to be announced.

This event builds on a conversation Habitat held in June, +You: How historic housing discrimination against Black Americans contributes to racial inequities today. In that discussion, featuring The Color of Law author Richard Rothstein, the panel discussed how discriminatory housing practices such as redlining created multi-generational wealth gaps between white Americans, Black Americans and other communities of color. Review that conversation at

Please mark your calendars for Jan. 22 from 9-10 a.m. PST.

The conversation will be available at the link below.

We hope to see you there!

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