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Town Hall Seattle: Civics Series

The Civics series at Town Hall shines a light on the shifting issues, movements, and policies, that affect our society, both locally and globally. These events pose questions and ideas, big and small, that have the power to inform and impact our lives. Whether it be constitutional research from a scholar, a new take on history, or the birth of a movement, it's all about educating and empowering.

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Town Hall is a gathering place where ideas are planted and movements grow. It’s where we come together as a community to listen and be heard—to ask and answer the big questions facing our city and our world. Annually, we present hundreds of artists and scholars, and collaborate with more than 150 grassroots groups in our self-produced programs. Rooted in the belief that we all deserve a voice, our programming reflects—and inspires—our region's best impulses: creativity, empathy, and innovation. With our podcast series, we take one more step towards making our programming accessible to all. 

Jan 29, 2018

It may be difficult for us to imagine our childhood selves navigating the complex racial realities of our current day. Poet and former Disney star Charles Waters explored this illuminating shift in perspective with his collaborative poetry collection 'Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship'. Waters performed poetry from the collection and was in conversation with writer and activist Reagan Jackson. They explored the complex feelings that children navigate as they form their own ideas about identity and race. This program was opened with a special introductory performance by Lashaunycee O’Cain, a powerful emerging voice from Youth Speaks Seattle.

Charles Waters is a poet, author, and former Walt Disney World actor at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. His poetry has appeared in many anthologies including Amazing Places, The National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry, The Arrow Finds Its Mark, and One Minute Till Bedtime—as well as on his own blog Poetry Time. His latest book, Can I Touch Your Hair? Poems of Race, Mistakes, and Friendship is the subject of tonight’s talk.

Reagan Jackson is a writer, artist, activist, international educator and award winning journalist. She’s been a regular contributor to the Seattle Globalist since 2013. Her self published works include two children’s books (Coco LaSwish: A Fish from a Different Rainbow and Coco LaSwish: When Rainbows Go Blue) and three collections of poetry (God, Hair, Love, and America, Love and Guatemala, and Summoning Unicorns).

Recorded live at Northwest African American Museum by Town Hall Seattle on Wednesday, January 24, 2018.