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 www.CHQ.org/Mirror. To enjoy the full Summer Assembly, which is complementary for 90 days​, please sign up at www.Assembly.CHQ.org. If you have any questions, please contact Erroll Davis, Board Chair at errolldavis@outlook.com We look forward to your constructive contributions. The African American Heritage House Board of Directors