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Reflection and Discussion Questions | Peace & Justice Trip

These are questions we crafted to support meaningful reflection for our group.

Prompts for visiting the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum:

  • Through which lenses are you observing and making sense of what you saw?
  • What did you notice?
  • What struck you and how? Why?
  • What parallels can you see from your own life story?
  • What parallels can you see to challenges of equity and social justice? In other words, how might the legacy of racial terror from lynching still be prevalent today?
  • What is a poem, or quote or some other artifact that captures the essence of your experience of the Museum and Memorial?
  • What do you feel most compelled to share with your colleagues?

Prompts for meeting with Equal Justice Initiative staff:

  • What was your inspiration for the Memorial? What was the local community reaction to the idea of the museum? What was the funding for the museum? Was it a hard sell? What was your experience with the philanthropic sector?
  • What has been the evolution of the Memorial’s purpose since its opening? Any learning from the visitor experience and feedback?
  • How can philanthropy be leveraged most effectively in addressing equity and healing?
  • What is your strategy for moving the needle on such big and complex issues?  
  • What questions do you have for us?
  • What hopes do you have for us and the work we are doing?

Prompts for meeting with local community leaders and/or philanthropists:

  • How has the work of EJI and the opening of the Memorial and Museum impacted your work?
  • What parallels do we see between equity and justice philanthropic work in the South and (your home region)?
  • What is happening “on the ground” in Alabama/the South to address equity and racial justice?
  • What challenges are you facing?
  • How do you manage these challenges or any other resistance you face in your efforts?
  • In this work, what are you doing or seeing particularly innovative or creative?
  • How are you measuring progress or impact?
  • What is the state of philanthropy in the region?

Prompts for debriefing and transitioning back home:

  • How will we bring this home?
  • What have we heard that has personally moved us? Professionally inspired us?
  • How does this experience relate to other dimensions of diversity and other equity and justice work we are doing?
  • What initial ideas do we have to engage our membership/stakeholders?