The Town of Davidson, in partnership with Maurice J. Norman, Class of 2020 graduate and Davidson College’s first Digital Projects Fellow, launched “Continuing Conversation” on February 3, 2021 in an effort to promote and foster digital community conversation and storytelling beyond the scope of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month.
Our first "conversation" is with Maurice J. Norman who wrote the poem “tiptoe up the crystal stair” featured in our 2021 MLK Day commemoration (which you can watch using the video below).
Maurice J. Norman, born and raised in Mineral Springs, NC, recently graduated from Davidson College with a B.A. with Honors in English and a B.A. in Africana Studies. He now lives in the Town of Davidson as Davidson College’s first Digital Projects Fellow developing an initiative called Stories Yet to be Told: Race, Racism, and Accountability on Campus.
He intends to get more involved in the local communities in and around the Town of Davidson. “In the COVID-era, with limited physical gathering, we must discover what community building looks like on digital platforms,” he said in a recent interview. “How might we continue to tell our stories and organize around complex issues?” We concluded that our digital technologies offer a space for experimentation.
When asked about graduating into the chaos of 2020, he said two words- ”...challenging and eye-opening. One way I cope: I write poems.” Maurice continues, “Poems keep me sane. Poems born from what we’ve witnessed as a community. Poems for uplifting the stories of my people. Poems to remind my elders 'you can share the burden' and encourage youth to 'shoulder the responsibilities of our generation'.”
Have you watched the town's video honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.? It's where the conversation began.
Click here to view.
The town is supporting the United Way's 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. It begins Monday, January 18, 2021, but you can join the challenge at any time. The challenge is part of a national dialogue to address how inequity & racism affect our lives & communities.
Enroll in the free challenge here - www.uwccequitychallenge.org
For the first time ever, the ReadDavidson Committee is excited to announce that it has chosen FOUR books so that readers of all ages can get involved! Virtual events will highlight each of these four selections with the aim of stimulating common conversation between friends, families, and community members. To get all the latest, please see: www.townofdavidson.org/ReadDavidson