About Racial Legacies and Learning

A Brief History

The idea to sponsor a series of local town meetings called Racial Legacies and Learning: How to Talk About Race was derived from a national town meeting of the same name that was presented via satellite at Miami University Hamilton by the Association of American Colleges and Universities in association with KTEH in San Jose, California and distributed by PBS Adult Learning Services on January 27, 1999.

The Office of Student Services (now Student Affairs) at Miami University Hamilton enlisted the support of campus and community leaders to collaborate in hosting the initial national town meeting coupled with a local “live” town meeting featuring several key community and campus leaders. The first town meeting was a huge success and it seemed that a proactive, on-going series of local town meetings with a focus on race was desired by the audience.

In the years since 1999, the series has provided opportunities for dialogue, critical thinking, and learning while emphasizing the importance of taking action and making improvements in race relations in both personal and professional settings.