First Friday Experience: Video & Discussion

First Friday Experience: Video & Discussion

Friday | May 7 | 7 PM CT | Via Zoom

Ongoing movie and discussion series on 1st Friday of each month.

Join us for a deeper exploration of the issues of race, racism, and equity in our communities. This event is offered as part of the Stronger Together Equity Initiative at Unity Minneapolis.

Facilitated by: Rev. Toni Fish

Click HERE to join the discussion via Zoom or use Meeting ID 861 8412 1913 at

Past First Friday Experiences:

July 3, 2020: “13th”

Ava DuVernay’s documentary shares an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it relates to our nation’s history of racial inequality.  Scholars, historians, activists, and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the exponential growth in the U.S. prison system.

August 7, 2020: “The Jim Crow of the North” – PBS

Why does Minnesota suffer through some of the worst racial disparities in the nation? One answer is the spread of racist, restrictive real estate covenants in the early 20th century. Jim Crow of the North charts the progression of racist policies and practices from the advent of restrictive covenants after the turn of the last century to their final elimination in the late 1960s.

September 4, 2020: “What I Am Learning from my White Grandchildren” – TED Talk by Anthony Peterson

Are we in a post-racial society? Do we want to be? Anthony Peterson, an African American, draws from current research and from conversations with his Anglo-American grandchildren to address truths about race in 21st century America.

October 2, 2020: “Implicit Bias – How It Effects Us and How We Push Through” – Melanie Funchess 

Everyone makes assumptions about people they don’t know. Melanie will teach us to recognize these assumptions and work toward a common understanding. Melanie Funchess is currently employed by the Mental Health Association where she serves as the Director of Community Engagement.

November 6, 2020: “Education for Liberation” – Tim Wise 

Tim Wise presents an argument for fundamental change in our education system.

December 4, 2020: “Why English Class Is Silencing Students of Color” TED Talk By Jamilla Lyiscott

What if someone told you that the way you use language every day had the power to disrupt or uphold social injustice? Language is saturated with history and culture and memory, yet the way that it is policed within our classrooms and our communities is deeply connected to racism and colonialism.

February 5, 2021: “We Need to Talk About an Injustice” TED Talk By Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson, author of the book, Just Mercy, shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives.

His book, Just Mercy, is an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice. Also the movie, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, is available on HBO Max.

Friday, March 5, 2021: “The Great Migration and the power of a single decision” TED Talk By Isabel Wilkerson

Sometimes, a single decision can change the course of history. Join journalist and author Isabel Wilkerson as she tells the story of the Great Migration, the outpouring of six million African Americans from the Jim Crow South to cities in the North and West between World War I and the 1970s. This was the first time in American history that the lowest caste people signaled they had options and were willing to take them.

“These people, by their actions, were able to do what the powers that be, North and South, could not or would not do,” explains Wilkerson. “They freed themselves.”