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Listen Up!: Giving a voice to the unheard

We hosted the "Stories of Race in Woods Hole: Listening as Allyship" as a way to have the voices of the underrepresented people of color in Woods Hole (and Falmouth) anonymously share their experiences with racism and racial bias. Our goal was to create a setting where their voices were heard, where they would not be interrupted or have their stories denied or minimized. A space where listeners were challenged to think about their community and how people of color's experiences are different than theirs. A space where listeners could learn how to be [better] allies.

The encouragement, support and feedback we received from that event was overwhelming, and thus we've decided to make this a series rather than just a one time event! We have decided to call it "Listen Up!: Giving a voice to the unheard".

Our goal is for each listening session to be different people sharing different stories, but they all have the same rules: come with an open mind, be respectful and NO talking. These listening sessions are to listen, learn and reflect on what you hear; not to debate, critique or minimize these stories or how the storytellers feel. We hope to share stories from people of all marginalized groups.

With permission from each story teller, we will post the recordings on this page for you to listen to. We do encourage you to attend the event, as you can imagine, it is more powerful in the setting we create.

Read about our first listening session in the Falmouth Enterprise

Stories About Race Issues In Woods Hole, Falmouth Resonate At Listening Event


Listen to stories shared at previous events

We are gathering explicit permission from the storytellers to have their recordings posted on our website. If we receive permission, we will post the stories here.

Previous Events

Listen Up!: Stories of Race on the Cape

Thursday, September 19 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Parish Hall (91 Main St. Falmouth, MA). Doors open at  5 PM, listening from 6-7 PM.

Join the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee in partnership with St. Barnabas Episcopal Church for a listening event about race and racial bias in our community. Hear stories collected from local residents and challenge your understanding of racial bias in your community.

Register and/or share your story below.

Listen Up! Stories of Race in Woods Hole Sept2019

Have a story to share?

If you are a member of any minority or marginalized group and have a story to share, please complete the form below.

Stories may be shared at our 'Listen Up' events anonymously via audio recordings or written (and read aloud by an event organizer).