Program Details
Black History Month: Social Justice Discussion

Create a space for meaningful conversations about civil rights, social justice, and equality. Encouraging seniors to share their perspectives fosters an open and supportive environment.

  1. Facilitate meaningful discussions among seniors about Black history, social justice, and racial equality.
  2. Provide a platform for seniors to share personal experiences, perspectives, and insights related to Black history and social justice issues.
  3. Foster empathy, understanding, and solidarity among participants.
  4. Educate seniors about the significance of Black History Month and the ongoing struggle for racial equality.
  5. Encourage actionable steps towards promoting inclusivity and combating discrimination within their communities.
  1. Invite knowledgeable speakers or facilitators with expertise in Black history and social justice to lead the discussion.
  2. Prepare discussion prompts or topics to guide the conversation and ensure relevance to Black History Month themes.
  3. Begin with an introduction to Black History Month, its origins, and its significance.
  4. Set ground rules for respectful and constructive dialogue, emphasizing active listening and empathy.
  5. Encourage participants to share personal stories, reflections, and questions related to Black history and social justice.
  6. Facilitate a balanced discussion by ensuring equitable participation among all attendees.
  7. Provide historical context and factual information to enrich the conversation and challenge misconceptions.
  8. Foster connections between past struggles for racial equality and present-day challenges, highlighting the importance of continued activism.
  9. Utilize breakout groups or small-group discussions to encourage more intimate conversations and deeper reflection.
  10. Offer resources, such as reading materials or websites, for further exploration of Black history and social justice topics.
  11. Encourage participants to share actionable steps or commitments they can take to promote racial equality and social justice in their communities.
  12. Conclude the discussion with a summary of key insights, reflections, and takeaway messages.
Staffing Requirements

1 plus external facilitator with knowledge and expertise in this area


Chairs and any handouts as needed

  1. Resistance or discomfort: Some participants may feel uncomfortable discussing topics related to race, discrimination, or privilege. It's essential to create a supportive and inclusive environment where all viewpoints are respected.
  2. Lack of expertise: Without knowledgeable facilitators or speakers, the discussion may lack depth or accuracy. Proper preparation and inviting experts can mitigate this risk.
  3. Emotional intensity: Discussions about race and social justice can evoke strong emotions. Facilitators should be prepared to manage difficult emotions, maintain decorum, and provide support to participants if needed.
  4. Insufficient participation: Certain individuals may dominate the discussion, while others may remain silent. Facilitators should encourage participation from all attendees and ensure that everyone feels heard and valued.
  5. Misinformation: Inaccurate information or stereotypes may arise during the discussion. Facilitators should be vigilant in correcting misinformation and promoting fact-based dialogue.
Expected Outcomes
  1. Increased Awareness: Participants will gain a deeper understanding of Black history, including significant events, figures, and contributions to society, fostering greater awareness of the struggles and achievements of Black communities.
  2. Empathy and Understanding: Through open and respectful dialogue, participants will develop empathy and understanding for the experiences, perspectives, and challenges faced by individuals from diverse racial backgrounds.
  3. Community Engagement: Seniors will be encouraged to actively engage with their communities to promote inclusivity, diversity, and social justice, contributing to a more equitable and cohesive society.
  4. Lifelong Learning: The program will stimulate intellectual curiosity and a commitment to lifelong learning among seniors, encouraging continued exploration of issues related to race, inequality, and social justice.
  5. Personal Growth: Participants may experience personal growth and transformation as they confront biases, challenge assumptions, and broaden their perspectives on race, privilege, and systemic injustice.
  6. Actionable Steps: The program will inspire participants to take actionable steps towards promoting racial equality and social justice within their spheres of influence, whether through advocacy, community organizing, or personal reflection and education.
  7. Strengthened Community Bonds: By coming together to discuss important social issues, participants will strengthen bonds within their community, building a sense of solidarity and shared purpose in the pursuit of social justice.

Program Type
Level of Care
Assisted Living
Independent Living
Dimension of Wellness
Community Engagement
Discussions, Advocacy