Hi Friends,

I’m getting settled in Colorado and I’m excited to be writing to you again! Thank you for your patience during this transition.

I hope you’re all getting back into the school year well and that students are getting the support they need. I’ve been hearing through the Arlington grapevine that the new virtual learning program is not meeting student needs, so if you’re hearing the same thing, please speak up about it to the School Board, APS administrators, or the Arlington NAACP Education Committee.

In case you missed it, there was an ArlNow article by Jo DeVoe about…


[This is part of my White Folks Facing Race series, originally written on July 11, 2021 to an email group created for community members in the Washington, DC area.]

Hi Friends,

I hope you’re all enjoying the summer so far! This is my last update from Arlington before I relocate to Denver, and it’s an important one.

I imagine you have heard about the angst being expressed against critical race theory and that some states have passed legislation limiting how/whether racism can be discussed in schools.


[This is part of my White Folks Facing Race series, originally written on June 17, 2021 to an email group created for community members in the Washington, DC area.]

Hi Friends,

Thank you for your patience as I navigate the end of the school year and our impending move. I have some very important action items for you, taking place next week!

Also HOORAY! for Congress making Juneteenth a federal holiday! There are lots of ways to celebrate June 19 (Saturday) — check out some local options here.

Arlington County Civilian Review Board — June 22
Arlington County is creating a…


[This is part of my White Folks Facing Race series, originally written on April 26, 2021 to an email group created for community members in the Washington, DC area.]

Hi Friends,

I hope you enjoyed my last post about Entitlement and Racist Actions. I want to follow up somewhat promptly with more content related to educational equity in particular, especially the ways in which PTAs are structured and the ways in which mostly White and privileged parents turn schools into commodities (“good” and “bad”) thereby upholding white supremacy and systemic racism.

There was a recent story about the DC Urban…


[This is part of my White Folks Facing Race series, originally written on April 17, 2021 to an email group created for community members in the Washington, DC area.]

Hi Friends!

I’m sorry it has been longer than usual since my last update. I have some really important things on my mind, so I hope you make time to listen and internalize what I have to say.

First, I have been trying to identify things as “racist actions” rather than identifying people as racist. We all do things that are racist from time to time because we’re all operating within…


[This is part of my White Folks Facing Race series, originally written on March 17, 2021 to an email group created for community members in the Washington, DC area.]

Hi Friends,

Normally I have something inspiring and cohesive to share with all of you before launching into a huge number of resources on many topics. I feel like the last few weeks since my last update have been full of springtime hope and sunshine as well as cold, dark days and nights (and losing an hour!) to remind me that we’re not “there” yet, wherever “there” is.

Please remember that…


[This is part of my White Folks Facing Race series, originally written on February 28, 2021 to an email group created for community members in the Washington, DC area.]

Hi Friends!

Happy Black History Month! I hope all of you will take the content you may have seen this month and find ways to apply it every single month going forward. Black History is American (and World) History. Here’s a great article by N’dea Yancey-Bragg called “Why is Black History Month in February? How do you celebrate? Everything you need to know.” (USA Today, 2/1/21)

This month, we had two…


[This is part of my White Folks Facing Race series, originally written on February 1, 2021 to an email group created for community members in the Washington, DC area.]

Hi Friends,

I’m inviting each of you to join us for a virtual supportive conversation with group members called “Going Together”. We’re holding the event during two different dates — February 10 and February 17. Please feel free to come to one or both. We look forward to seeing you there. If this goes well, we’ll consider hosting more to support your anti-racism work.

I’m also excited to announce that I’m…


[This is part of my White Folks Facing Race series, originally written on January 16, 2021 to an email group created for community members in the Washington, DC area.]

Hi Friends,

Our uncertain times continue to be so. I keep having the feeling of waiting for something to be over, only to discover that there are more challenges waiting around the corner. There are so many things I could say about the events of January 6 that it has kept me from speaking to all of you about it sooner. I apologize for my delay. …


[This is part of my White Folks Facing Race series, originally written on December 29, 2020 to an email group created for community members in the Washington, DC area.]

Hi Friends!

I hope you’re all finding joy and comfort in this year’s holiday season. I apologize for my lack of updates during December — now it’s time to get caught up before the beginning of the new year. Please take time this week to reflect on your accomplishments and growth this past year and recommit to the work you intend to engage in during the coming year. …

Emily Vincent

Mom, Activist, Community Organizer

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