The Gifts in Others
“It’s good to see you.”
The July 2013 verdict that found George Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder charges in the lethal shooting of Trayvon Martin, raised critical questions about the American legal system and the historical and systemic injustices plaguing communities of color. The outcry demanded a response from political, civic, religious and intellectual leaders. For Dr. Gregory C. Ellison, II, the tensions that resulted from the Zimmerman trial pointed to a fundamental need—the need for transformative dialogue that embraces difference, cultivates hope, and leads to change. Three weeks following the Zimmerman verdict, over three hundred unlikely partners from all walks of life gathered at Emory University for the inaugural Fearless Dialogues community conversation. A time of deep tension, pain and uncertainty birthed Fearless Dialogues—a new movement for justice.
Fearless Dialogues is a grassroots organization committed to creating unique spaces for unlikely partners to engage in hard heartfelt conversations that see gifts in others, hear value in stories, and work for change and positive transformation in self and other.
WE CREATE UNIQUE SPACES FOR HARD, HEARTFELT CONVERSATIONS.
We hope to interrupt cycles of marginalization, and to foster strong communities for the common good, by creating spaces for unlikely relationships to change the way people see themselves and the world in which they live.
ANIMATOR |AN-ME-TƏ|, Noun
- one who brings conversations to life
- one who gives inspiration, encouragement, or renewed vigor to unlikely partners in dialogue
We are a team of educators, activists, healers, artists, connectors, and neighbors committed to seeing the invisible, hearing the voiceless, and creating spaces for social change. As animators, we vitalize conversations that move unlikely community partners from fear and apathy to self-discovery and culture change.Meet Our Animators
When you donate, you make Fearless Dialogues available to communities ready for change, regardless of ability to pay, you fund research and innovation, and you help grow our capacity by supporting training and preparation of community-based leaders.Donate Now
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Our hope as we do this work is that we will partner with others to foster strong communities for the common good by creating spaces for unlikely relationships to change the way people see themselves and the world around them.