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Community Voices: History in Balance Series (Zoom) | Conversation with April Dinwoodie and Kevin Lowther

Please join us for a virtual conversation with locals April Dinwoodie and Kevin Lowther. They'll be discussing their experiences as persons of color in the mostly white community of Westerly, as well as their work with Westerly Anti-Racism Coalition which embraces multiculturalism to address racism through education and empowerment.

Registration is required. Please register by Tuesday, May 4th. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program. 

Born in Boston and adopted into the Westerly community, April Dinwoodie is a Black/bi-racial, transracially adopted person and a nationally recognized thought leader on adoption, foster care, and multiracial families. After years of branding and communications work in industries ranging from retail fashion to airlines, April committed fully to her personal passions as the Chief Executive of the Donaldson Adoption Institute. She is the founder of Adoptment -- a mentoring program that matches foster youth with adopted adults, and hosts “Born in June, Raised in April: What Adoption Can Teach the World” a podcast about adoption, identity, and family. April’s work centers on helping individuals, families, corporations, non-profit organizations, schools, and other government agencies build skills and capacity to authentically embrace differences of family structure as well as race, culture, and class. 

Kevin Lowther II, known as "Big Lux" is a musician, activist, writer and arts leader. He graduated from West Point and served 13 years as an officer in the Army, earning combat decorations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has spoken and performed on the TED stage. He now serves on the Westerly planning board, teaches at Community Music Works in Providence and manages the Balliamo Dance Company.

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