On August 18, we hosted a conversation titled “In These Times: An Intergenerational Conversation.” Minnesota Women’s Press contributors Carolyn Holbrook and (her granddaughter) Tess Montgomery talked about the legacy of this time, moderated by magazine editor Mikki Morrissette.
The conversation opened with a reading from Holbrook about her new memoir, “Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify,” and evolved into a conversation about the hopefulness and fears of racial justice, reparations, the role of the arts, how spirituality provides, and how our ancestry and legacy are part of the equation we must talk about as we give birth to a new nation.
Here is a clip.
It will take an intergenerational approach to sustain the movement of today’s anti-racism work, from supporting alternatives in law enforcement to developing more sustainable and inclusive economies. As Montgomery sees it, the elder generation is inspired by the drive of today’s youth, while the younger generation is re-inspired by recognizing the wisdom and work of those who have lived through cycles of violence and reform. She sees promise in the concept of Harambee, a Swahili term for “Let’s pull together.”