Oregon Children’s Theatre and Oregon Humanities are presenting a community conversation about the ways we might be supporting structural oppression, like racism, sexism or heterosexism, according to a news release from the theater.
The free event, recommended for ages 14 and older, is titled What Does It Mean to be Good? Exploring Morality in the Midst of Structural Oppression. Brittany M. Wake, an equity trainer and consultant specializing in multiculturalism, will lead the discussion at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Oregon Children’s Theatre, 1939 N.E. Sandy Blvd.
The community conversation precedes the theater’s March presentation of And in This Corner, the story of 12-year-old Cassius Clay’s journey to become Muhammad Ali, one of the world’s great boxers and civil right advocates.
The play will enable the theater staff, board and audience to explore questions of equity and inclusion, said artistic director Stan Foote. “With this historical play,” he said, “it can be easy to distance ourselves from racial issues by saying, ‘That was back then,’ or ‘That’s in the South.’ The Oregon Humanities conversation allows us to explore the here and now of our moral responsibilities in Portland, Oregon, in 2018.”