TOLEDO—Students and staff of Toledo Central Catholic High School participated in a diversity workshop and diversity assembly Oct. 24-25.
Toledo Central Catholic High School junior Savanna Handy interacts with one of the stars from “The Black-Jew Dialogues,” a presentation that explores racism and prejudice. (Photo courtesy of Toledo Central Catholic High School)
The faculty workshop was presented by Dialogues on Diversity, a consulting and training company that works with businesses and schools to create a greater understanding of the diversity that makes up their workplaces. The company’s goal is to teach leaders and managers how to recognize and take advantage of emerging cultural and societal trends, while also helping them identify and address personal behaviors and ideas that may hold them back.
Dialogues on Diversity came about as a result of the success and popularity of the social justice comedy “The Black-Jew Dialogues.” This two-man multimedia comedy was created to offer a funny, yet honest look at the nature of bigotry and racism in America. It was written as a theater show, but after seeing the performance, many community groups and schools asked for individual workshops.
Central Catholic students attended a performance of “The Black-Jew Dialogues” the day after the faculty workshop. The show, which combines sketches, improvisations and multimedia, is based on the history and absurdity of prejudice and racism within the context of the American Black-Jew experience.
The ultimate goal of these presentations is to create awareness about how much all Americans actually have in common, including their own hatred, bigotry and biases.