The Committee for Racial Justice will host a community discussion to reflect and celebrate their antiracist work toward a more equitable community.

They will hear from a number of folks and also have some time for discussion.

Angela Scott, a CRJ Steering committee member; Derek Devermont, the Vice Chair of Santa Monica’s Public Safety Reform and Oversight Commission; and Tara Barauskas, Chair of the CRJ Housing Team will provide a few insights from CRJ’s workshops this past year on Mental Health, Criminal Justice/Policing,  and Housing issues.

 Gifted veteran character actress, Starletta DuPois, who has breathed life into a bevy of unforgettable roles both onstage and onscreen, will share with us some of her life experiences dealing with racism. You may know her from her roles in films, such as Waiting to Exhale, where she played Whitney Houston’s mother, or from some of her TV roles such as in the Lifetime movie Michael Jackson: Searching for Neverland, where she played Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson.

A Philadelphia native, Starletta holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and an MFA from UCLA in Theater Arts, where she graduated magna cum laude. She has also proudly served as an adjunct professor at USC.

 As is CRJ’s custom in the holiday season, there will be music,  provided this year by William Bryant, a vocalist, songwriter, and keyboard artist who has worked over the years with folks such as Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, and Sheena Easton. He is currently the Minister of Music at Imani Christian Cathedral in Pomona, and is also adjunct faculty at Santa Monica College. In past years, prior to the COVID outbreak, William was present at CRJ’s December workshops as Director of the Emeritus Choir.

Jonelle Lewis, Apple Fitness Trainer, will guide us through some centering movements and meditation. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and has been a teacher mentor, and educator for other yoga teachers for the past 7 years.

For more information, call (310) 422-5431.

Zoom meeting, Sunday, December 5, from 6:30 -8 p.m. 

Click the following link to join the meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84162356498

Submitted by Joanne Berlin