Building Welcoming Communities
Identify Grief. Acknowledge Guilt. Recognize Rage. Broaden Perspectives.Transforming Conversation.
Motivated by a wellspring of hope that grew from his personal experiences of growing up in abject poverty, a debilitating hospitalization, non-diagnosed learning differences, and surrounded by violence and racism – Willie inspires young and old alike to face adversity with hope.
Willie invites individuals from diverse identifications, backgrounds, and social groups into engaging conversations — creating curiosity, communication, and compassion. By establishing environments that honor experiences and emotions, Willie encourages participants to understand and explore personal and societal perceptions.
Every community seeks to be healthy and thriving. The best way to attain this goal is to make certain that the community respects the individual diversity of its members. Based in the understanding of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Beloved Community, Willie helps people understand that race is a social construct creating barriers and misunderstandings that need to be broken down. Other barriers to building the Beloved Community include discrimination and hatred based on sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, age and socio-economic status.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.
FROM the BLOG
The US presidential election of 2016 seems to have inflamed race issues in the US and around the world. Wittingly or unwittingly, the leader of the free world has bolstered the case of the cognitive racists, and some of them have lifted their ugly heads out of their...
My mother did not teach me much, but what she did teach me was important. She once told me, “You are who your friends are.” She told me what every African American male’s mother has said to him. “You cannot have criminals as your friends. You cannot be with thugs and...
Most of the issues surrounding black men are rooted in lies and stereotypes, particularly surrounding black fathers. I have heard on a number of occasions, people blaming black men for the violence within the black community.
In our first meeting, it became clear that times of great transition and upheaval are also great opportunities for change and growth. When we have shifted our sense of stability, then we have the chance to reorganize and adapt.
Transforming Conversations Willie Cobb will present on political and social history, and current dynamic structures in American culture related to peoples experiences of sameness and difference.