Black Heritage Trail of NH Tea Talks — Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversation

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Since the end of WWII, the perceived success of Asian Americans – who have been wrongly portrayed as a monolithic group – has led white apologists to cast this group as the “model minority.” The lack of cross-racial conversations keeps people isolated in their own racial groups at the expense of personal, professional, and societal growth.

This panel will explore what happens when racialized groups begin to dialogue. Panelists will discuss the myth of the model minority, what happens when language is used as a social construct to divide, and what happens when the American racial hierarchy forces one to choose a particular identity or culture over another. How can we speak openly and honestly in cross-racial conversations?


Samuel Hyun, Public Speaker, and Director of Federal Relations for the City of Boston

Kenneth Holmes, Senior Vice Provost of Student Life, University of New Hampshire

Andres Meija, Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice, Exeter Region Cooperative School District (SAU 16)

Moderator: Tina Kim Philibotte, Ph.D. candidate and Chief Equity Officer, Manchester School District

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For the 2023 Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks Series, together we will create a safe space for meaningful interchanges, grounded in history and lived experience between different segments of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community. We will also investigate the current issues that continue to create tension in the community.

The Winter Tea Talks are a series of participatory panel presentations and discussions related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture.