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A Request from African American Heritage House

Dear friends,  The following was sent to the Chautauqua community announcing a partnership initiative with the African American Heritage House (AAHH) at Chautauqua — The Mirror Project. This online endeavor is designed to allow the Chautauqua community a platform to look in the mirror and reflect honestly and collectively about race and racism in our lives. Chautauqua’s online community – CHQ Assembly – is already reaching over 50 countries, so the “Chautauqua community” is now recognized as a global phenomenon! At AAHH we are encouraging interested parties wherever you are to participate in this important discussion. As background to participate, please know that Chautauqua​, AAHH and our allies are committed to the mission of Chautauqua – ​"Chautauqua is dedicated to the exploration of the best in human values and the enrichment of life through a program that explores the important religious, social and political issues of our times.​" Also, Chautauqua Institution has “…Cross-cutting imperatives [to] enable Institution-wide action on important organizational capabilities needed to achieve its mission, of which one is “Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA​)​". [To] Create the conditions in which everyone feels that they can engage as full and valued participants in the Chautauqua experience. The African American Heritage House (AAHH) is a key partner to help create the environment envisioned by IDEA. Our mission states [that AAHH] “…will contribute to make Chautauqua a more vibrant community, to help African Americans feel more welcome at CHQ and to facilitate conversations with African Americans to help create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment. So, to join in this conversation, please sign up ​at To enjoy the full Summer Assembly, which is complementary for 90 days​, please sign up at If you have any questions, please contact Erroll Davis, Board Chair at We look forward to your constructive contributions. The African American Heritage House Board of Directors

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