Reaching Across the Racial Divide

Betty Kilby Fisher Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby

Course Description

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that "the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood." As daughters, Betty Kilby Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby found a way to live Dr. King's dream. They will tell you their story of discovering their family connections and embarking on a path toward reconciliation and reparation. You will learn how you, too, can reach across the racial divide and work toward racial reconciliation, whether or not your family has connections to slavery. The program will draw on lessons from their 2021 book "Cousins: Connected Through Slavery, A Black woman and a White woman discover their past and each other." An optional 45-minute member-led discussion will immediately follow this zoom presentation.

About the Instructor

  • Dr. Betty Kilby Fisher Baldwin, MBA grew up in rural Virginia. Thanks to her father’s determination, she entered and graduated from Warren County High School after suing the school board, based on the landmark Supreme Court Brown vs. Board of Education decision of 1954. Later in life, she documented her experiences and published her autobiography, Wit, Will & Walls. Betty has an MBA and an Honorary Doctorate from Shenandoah University.
    Phoebe Kilby, M.A. grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, knowing nothing of Betty. After obtaining a B.S. in Botany and Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, she had a long career as an urban and environmental planner. Later, Phoebe went back to school to obtain a degree in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University. There in 2006, she discovered the Coming to the Table movement and was inspired to research her family’s participation in slavery. Through this research, she discovered Betty. She and Betty have presented their story across the U.S. and have served as guest speakers in various university and conference settings. They are featured in the Netflix documentary series “Stories of a Generation with Pope Francis,” Episode 2.

Upcoming programs presented by Betty Kilby Fisher Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby .

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One-Time F1201 Betty Kilby Fisher Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby Reaching Across the Racial Divide
Thursday, December 1: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm