BANGOR, Maine — At its upcoming general monthly meeting, the Greater Bangor Area NAACP will hold a discussion on a racial sensitivity pilot program that it conducted at the Connors Emerson School in Bar Harbor in May.
Last spring, then-eighth-grader Hannah Paradis from Connors Emerson expressed a desire to start a program among her peers for Black History Month. Paradis, who is black, asked school administrators if she could open up a dialogue in her school about being a member of a racial minority in a mostly white state, for the benefit of all students, and she suggested that the local NAACP be contacted to facilitate the discussion.
The NAACP accepted the invitation, and under Paradis’ leadership, the program, held on May 6, grew to include grades 5-8 and five facilitators.
At 6 p.m. Oct. 23, the NAACP will discuss the program, including DVD highlights. Paradis and Connors Emerson Vice Principal Mike Zboray, as well as NAACP facilitators Donald Crump, Dellon Douglas, Godfrey Taylor, Yury Nobokow and Brandon Winn, will lead the discussion.
The meeting will take place at Husson University’s Kominsky Auditorium, located in Peabody Hall. The public is welcome, and students of all ages are encouraged to attend.