YWCA Greenwich to Host, “Bending the Arc?” A Conversation about Inequity & Access in Greenwich

On Thursday, January 18 at 7:00pm-8:30pm, YWCA Greenwich and more than 60 community partners will host the 2024 Coretta Scott and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Conversation.

This event held each January celebrates the lives and legacy of Dr. King and his wife, Corretta Scott King by exploring an important issue that broadly affects those within the community.

This year’s conversation, titled “Bending the Arc? Inequity & Access in Greenwich,” will examine data that illustrates chronic disparities in our community and in the region. Our expert panelists will discuss how these inequities and barriers impact the lives of people based on gender, race, and other dimensions of identity.

“It’s important to remember that toward the end of his life, Dr. King was focused on economic justice. Here at YWCA Greenwich, we honor and commemorate the often-obscured aspects of Dr. King’s advocacy, as well as Mrs. King. Both were committed to not just expanding the scope of access, but also making sure all aspects of life from economic development to housing were equitable. We aim to carry out their message by discussing ways to improve lives while promoting the tenets of eliminating racism and empowering women,” explained the moderator of this event, Director of the Center of Equity & Justice at YWCA Greenwich, Simone Quartey.

Participating as expert panelists this year are Mark Abraham, CEO and Executive Director of DataHaven; Dr. Lou Hart, Medical Director of Health Equity at Yale New Haven Health System; Evonne Klein, Founder of Fairfield County Talks Housing; and Demetria Nelson, Commissioner at the Greenwich Department of Human Services. Our panel will offer their expertise and solutions to these critical issues to ensure that the arc continues to bend toward justice for all.

YWCA Greenwich President and CEO Mary Lee Kiernan explained the significance of this event, saying, “More than sixty community organizations, schools, churches, and other key partners have provided their support of this large, community commemoration event. We hope you will join us for an important examination of equity and access in both Fairfield County and Greenwich, and how we work together to address chronic disparities based on race and gender.”

For more information or to register for this free event, please visit www.ywcagrn.org/csmlk2024