I believe each lynching site is an opportunity for us to take responsibility for racial violence and injustice, to remember the lives of victims and to reconcile with their relatives and descendants. By calling out the names of those lynched and telling their stories we place them in God's House; and there, in atonement and forgiveness and with respect and dignity, we can begin work to heal our divides and realize a Beloved Community.
I grew up in small town in Oklahoma where one lived in specific sections of town according to one's race, the blacks lived in "Dixie Hill," and the Indians lived off of Fifth street or at the reservation. Because of the town's size there was only one high school, and it was integrated. I saw differences in opportunity, but really didn't understand the context and experiences of my non-white, non-protestant friends.
Throughout college and early career I lived in my own world, focused on advancement. I worked for the Department of Defense and NASA, developing flight simulations of fighter aircraft and the space shuttle. It was not until I joined a program to mature organizations which developed software that I turned to social issues and learned about collaboration, leadership and organizational change. While at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, we brought people together to find common ground, to define good practice and to break down barriers to adoption. I learned about non-profit management in a masters of public administration program.
These skills were subsequently applied in a couple web application and consulting companies. Fed Ex hired me to help remedy the churn caused by the dynamics of marketing and software development divisions. Since then I have been exploring ways for digital maps to bring human stories in the past to life, thus expanding our understanding of humanity, the processes of myth-making and the narratives we live into. Through storied places we can re-interpret the past, revitalize the present, and activate the future.
I want to be part of the growth and success of LSP, helping it normalize its programs for racial healing. I would like to apply technology where it can fit to improve collaboration, deep listening and reflection, truth-telling, commemorative events and fundraising.