We are a community of anti-racist people that encourages the transformation of thought through collective learning, meaningful relationships, and community events.
Our purpose is to end racism.
Alamance County is rooted in deep indigenous history, as well as a trading path that runs through the county. Graham sits on traditional Sissiphaw/Occaneechi/Saponi/Eno/Saura lands. Alamance County has hundreds of current enrolled citizens and descendants of the OCCANEECHI who are alive and thriving today.
A long time ago, the hilly land that is now called the Piedmont in North Carolina was the home of indigenous relatives, the Yésah, a people who had lived in peace and balance with their world for centuries. North Carolina had always been home to a large variety of Indian tribes, with the Secotan and the Chowan in the east, the Saponi, Tutelo, Occaneeci, Sissaphaw and Tuscarora in the center, the Cherokee dominating the west, and dozens of other ones spread out along the state. As such, the Indians had a great influence throughout all of North Carolina’s history.
I would like to honor the 4 Directions, the Land, our People, the rivers, Grandmother Earth and Creator of it all. AS we move forward with today’s agenda, please recognize and acknowledge the 8 state-recognized tribes and peoples, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Meherrin, Waccamaw Siouan, Lumbee, Coharie, Haliwa Saponi, Sappony and Cherokee as the past, the present and future caretakers of this land. – Written by Crystal Cavelier
AREA hosts workshops and learning opportunities to broaden understanding of race and racism, work towards being an anti-racist person and provide an analysis of the way systems have been built today.
AREA provides opportunities for people who have embarked on this journey to be in fellowship with other people as well. We hold each other accountable, value transparency and open up spaces to dissect and challenge narratives we have held on to for so long.
AREA continues to connect people and organizations. We want you to be aware of all the groups and events happening in the area so you can get plugged into groups that you are interested in.
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Proceeds will go towards providing scholarships for people who are unable to pay the full amount for workshops, as well as, assist in the hosting of these workshops