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Questions of Color

Race. It’s a loaded word that creates tensions in our communities. Drives explosive news stories. Underlies how we are perceived, and who we are. Yet race is a topic that’s uncomfortable to talk about.

The Dallas Morning News wants to help change that.

We asked regular people about their everyday experiences with race and diversity. Have they ever been followed in a store? What color emoji do they use? How do they define privilege? We tackled those questions and more in our video project, Questions of Color.

Now, we are inviting you to join the conversation. Come join us — to listen, to share your experiences and to change the way we talk about one of the most difficult and important topics of our time.

This event is free and open to the public.
Monday, March 6, at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm with 6:00 reception
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, (2719 Routh Street, Dallas, 75201)
RSVP requested

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About the panelists

Speakers-01Jordan Hartman grew up in a middle to upper-middle class family, raised by parents who were passionate about the Civil Rights Movement. His brother, Ryan, was killed by police two decades ago, and his family has never fully recovered from the loss. Jordan works for Whole Foods Market doing in-store tech support. He and his wife, Melora, live in southeast Dallas and are raising two biracial sons, Elijah, 4, and Isaac, 2.
Speakers-02Puja Maharaj moved to the United States from Trinidad in the late 1980s. She earned an Honors BA in Political Science from Southern Methodist University and went on to earn her juris doctorate at Texas Wesleyan (now Texas A&M) School of Law. She currently works in Global Financial Compliance, and yes, it’s as droll as it sounds. In her free time, Puja serves on the board of her temple (the North Texas Hindu Mandir), writes for the Sisters in Law Blog and is one-third of the Jilted Indian Podcast. This is the first panel she has been asked to participate on and hopes she does not flail her arm about as much as she did in the video.
Speakers-05Phillip Shinoda is a civic and community leader who has navigated racial grey areas as an Asian American who grew up in segregated Dallas. While he had to figure out where he belonged in a world separated by two absolutes — white and “colored” — some relatives had it far worse when they were held in internment camps during World War II. Shinoda, who is retired from a wide-ranging career that included directing corporate and community relations at UT Arlington, leading environmental efforts in Dallas and a failed bid for the state legislature, has been credited with breaking a glass ceiling for Asian Americans in North Texas.
Speakers AI-06Linda Reyes-Hart is a native of Fort Worth who attended the University of Texas at Austin and now works at AT&T as Chief of Staff to the VP of Design Technology. In her spare time, Linda volunteers with the Human Rights Campaign, the largest national LGBTQ civil rights organization, and serves as the DFW Federal Club Co-Chair. A constant advocate for the “little guy,” Linda firmly believes that “we all must use our voice to stand up for what we believe is right.” She resides in Dallas with her wife, Mary, and their two fur-babies, Benny & Ginger.
ben rob-04Benjamin Robinson is a videographer at The Dallas Morning News and produced the video series, Questions of Color.
Speakers-03Sarah Mervosh is a staff writer at The Dallas Morning News. She reported and helped produce the video series, Questions of Color.

Monday, March 6, at 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm with 6:00 reception
Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, (2719 Routh Street, Dallas, 75201)
Complimentary event
RSVP requested

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