In honor of Martin Luther King day we chose the topic of Diversity.
Our tellers this evening were:
Androsh Maros: He was born during the time of bombs in Budapest. His story is of his coming of age and coming to the United States where he experienced a new element of diversity in New Jersey.
Kathy Logan: Kathy was brought up in a Greek family and told stories about her Greek Grandfather. Hers was a rich past with the many facets of an ethnic family.
Sylvia McKinley: Sylvia's story was about being a woman in a man's world. She was one of the first uniformed guards in the California prison system. Her experiences highlight the varying trust levels the men felt having her with them.
Rebecca Bender: Rebecca is a survivor of sex trafficking. She does not fit the normally thought of profile. Her story was riveting and scary. Definitely a wake up call for us all.
Mary Edwards: Mary started going blind in high school. It didn't stop her. She has run marathons, rides horses, skis, and even para glides. She speaks of being different - but not really!
Ray Dinkins: Ray came from a aggressively bigoted family from the deep south. When he and his wife adopted a child from Ethiopia, Ray's father came to visit. When he went back to the South his friends and family asked what it was like to have a black grandchild. Ray's father replied, "Well, she didn't seem to mind that I am white - so I guess I don't mind that she is black."
Not many dry eyes in the room that night.
Musicians: included the Rogue Choir (about 30 members strong) and Wacky Dog - an eclectic and fun group who had us all howling (literally) with their song.