Letter from the Chairs

Dear Friends of the Human Rights Council:

The Concord Carlisle Human Rights Council 2013-2014 season is off to an industrious start.

We have a new co-chair, Rob Morrison. Rob has been a member of the council for several years and is also on the board of the the Drinking Gourd project, involving his students in groundbreaking
exhibit projects for the Robbins House Interpretive Center – such as creating virtual reality images of the Robbins family members, a scavenger hunt using scanned QR codes, and a board game called “Life of Robbins,” illustrating the hardships faced by this first generation of free Blacks in Concord.

We’re pleased to welcome several new board members to the Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council: Maura Clarke, Liz Morrison, Maryellen Freeman, Arthur Walker, and patricia Waters. Our
new members have joined our Committees and are busy working on upcoming events.

Our first event will be the annual Human Rights Breakfast, Monday, 7:30 am, December 2nd. The event will be held at Temple Kerem Shalom, 659 Elm Street. Our speaker is Tete
Cobblah. Tete is part of the Arts department at The Fenn School and is the pioneer of the Fenn Diversity program, having built a multi-faceted diversity program from scratch that explores new territory while remaining centered in the culture of kindness and respect at the core of the Fenn school community. He inspired and spurred teachers, staff, students, parents and trustees to envision a school where difference is understood, celebrated, promoted, taught and sought in its many forms – race, religion, culture, gender, ethnicity, socio-econmic class, physical
capabilities and sexual orientation. Tete is an incredible leader and story teller, and will discuss past and current diversity issues both in and out of our schools. This event and all of our events are free and open to the public.

As always, thank you for your support – especially in these economically challenging times – it is very much appreciated and we could not continue our work without it.

Ronni Olitsky & Rob Morrison
Concord-Carlisle Human Rights Council co-Chairs