By Kristen Manieri

Transforming Conversations about Race with Amanda Kemp

Racism is a challenging subject. As a white woman, I won’t deny that I approach it with a tremendous amount of trepidation and also reverence. First of all, I wouldn’t for a second pretend to understand what the African American is community is and has gone through. But I can tell you this, I want to learn. I want to understand. I want to listen. This week’s guest has devoted her work to teaching people, of any race, how to be in conversations about racism in an entirely new way.

Dr. Amanda Kemp is the author of Stop Being Afraid! 5 Steps to Transform your Conversations about Racism, and Say the Wrong Thing, a collection of personal essays about racial justice and compassion.

With a doctorate in race and performance from Northwestern University, she taught college students at Cornell University, Dickinson College, and Franklin and Marshall College. She’s now a Visiting Scholar at Franklin & Marshall and has helped over 25,000 people have open-hearted conversations and practice compassion to cultivate racial justice and authentic community.

In her work as a racial justice coach and mindfulness mentor, Dr. Kemp blends activism and spirituality. Drawing on her academic study of race, her teaching experience, and life lessons in an interracial blended family, Dr. Kemp created Racial Justice from the H.E.A.R.T., a system that builds the skills and capacity of compassionate change makers, facilitators, and coaches worldwide.

In today’s conversation, we discuss the five steps of her H.E.A.R.T. system. I’m excited to share it with you. Let’s jump in:

To learn more about Dr. Amanda Kemp and the work she does, visit www.dramandakemp.com. Be sure to check out her free webinars, including:

I took her course, How White Women Can Talk with Women of Color about Racism, after our conversation and I thought it was excellent. I highly, highly recommend it.

I am very excited and hopeful about what’s happening around the country. I feel like, in many ways, history is being written right before our eyes, massive shifts are happening right under our feet. I don’t just want to be a bystander or observer of that. I want to engage. And one way to do that is to simply have an intention to learn more, to read more, listen more, and attend webinars like the ones Dr. Kemp hosts.

Thank you, Amanda, for joining me this week.

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