✊ THE TIME IS NOW: Fireside Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us last night for what will be remembered as one of our most impactful Manitou Firesides.

We came together as a camp and learned not only about racism, but also anti racism. We educated ourselves on how to be better allies to the Black community and we now know this is only the first step in learning about racism and prejudice.

Thank you to our inspiring speakers Orlando BowenJama MahlalelaDr. Chika Stacy OriuwaAnthony Maclean and our very own camper Naiya Forrester for sharing their stories. We continue to have an obligation to learn from those with lived experience so we can finally make real and lasting change in our communities.

We were grateful that so many of us joined together as a Manitou family to listen and learn how we can begin to truly make a difference. For those of you who were unable to join us for the YouTube livestream, we have included a recording of the evening below.

We strongly believe we all have a responsibility to acknowledge our privilege and unconscious bias. We hope you will take an hour out of your weekend to learn from our incredible speakers. Please feel free to share this video with family and friends beyond the Manitou community.



Below is a list of updated resources recommended by our speakers. We encourage you to uphold our commitment as a camp community and continue to learn about the Black experience and how we can create real change.



“Hair Love” (Oscar Award Winning Short Film)

Sesame Street Racism Town Hall

PBS’ Books About Racism and Diversity

13th a full feature Netflix film available for free on YouTube

Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man with Emmanuel Acho


Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Code Switch Podcast by NPR

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (and movie!)

Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds


Long time camper and staff member Nate Daviau has spent the last two months, compiling an exciting project called the Isolation Station/Audio Relief. It is a collaborative album created through the combined efforts of fifteen folk artists, Nate included.

The entire album is recorded entirely on iPhone voice memos: here is the download link: Isolation Station/Audio Relief on Bandcamp. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Know Your Rights Camp, founded by Colin Kaepernick – an incredible campaign whose mission is to raise awareness on self-empowerment and interacting with law enforcement. Know Your Rights Camp recently created a COVID-19 Relief Fund to help Black and Brown communities who, due to systemic racism, are disproportionately affected by the Coronavirus outbreak.

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