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In the shadows of the Founding Fathers

August 12, 2010

I saw this picture in an African American museum this summer in Philadelphia.  It’s a reminder to consider who is “at the table” when decisions are made and who is not.

How would our Declaration of Independence have been different if women, Blacks, and First Peoples  had been contributors and signers?  It makes me wonder at the end of a present day meeting where only white folks are present, how might our process and decisions have been if we had diverse representation from different racial and ethnic cultures?

Diversity is important not as a check-off point on some list but as a way to enable us to most fully partake of the total wisdom of our humanity.

Next time you are in a meeting, look around and see who is at the table and who has been relegated to the shadows.

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