The Minnesota Humanities Center presented a two-part series of community conversations on racial equity and community healing in partnership with Sweet Potato Comfort Pie™, a Twin Cities-based organization dedicated to facilitating healing conversations through storytelling circles and African American food traditions. CommonPlace takes place as Minnesotans respond to racial issues that are tearing the fabric of our communities and country, including the deaths of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile. CommonPlace will convene local cultural and political leaders, law enforcement officers, educators, clergy, Veterans, students, and parents for conversations on racial equity and building community. The day before this convening, 20 CommonPlace participants will bake 50 sweet potato pies in a commercial kitchen at the Humanities Center. Through the act of making and giving pies and joining together in story circles, participants will address the tough conversation on race and violence while engaging in a community process of sharing, listening, connecting, and healing.
The first CommonPlace convening will be held on December 12, 2016 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Minnesota Humanities Center at 987 Ivy Avenue East in St. Paul.
The second CommonPlace conversation will take place on January 15, 2017 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church in Golden Valley, Minnesota. This event coincides with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday, and volunteers will bake 88 pies to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr’s 88th birthday.