Courtney Dunbar

Supporting: BIPOC Scholarship Fund for Roots of Justice

In 2019 I was sponsored to attend a Roots of Justice Training in Philadelphia, PA. To say that that training changed the course of my life would be an understatement. However, I know that without the scholarship I would not have been able to attend not just financially but for lack of motivation to be in another setting with white people talking about race. 

But what was transformational for me is that the ROJ training doesn't center whiteness. It gives space for the complexities and intersections of those of us who identify as BIPOC or part of the Global Majority. White people have their work to do, but so do we. 

Roots of Justice has committed to a journey toward wholeness for People of Color, working together to liberate ourselves from Internalized Racist Oppression not only Internalized Racist Superiority. 

If you grew up in the US, you need this training, simple as that as a person of faith/Christian background/intentional with Divine - appreciate the acknowledgment of the harm done by white Christianity specifically as well as the support of a Biblical foundation for antiracism work. 

Roots of Justice (Damascus Road) has been in the conversation of antiracism since the early 90's  and it has been my absolute honor and privilege to work alongside the Roots of Justice team. 

Please consider giving and/or sponsoring an attendee so another person like me can have a transformational experience. 

My church, Living Water United Church of Christ will be attending in January and I am so grateful for the opportunity to share this space with the people I worship with. If you give toward my campaign, the fees will go toward their attendance.  You may also learn more or donate directly here:

Living Water has an overall goal of $3,250 to send 10 of our members through the Roots of Justice training! 

Please join us to raise $10,000

and sponsor  Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in attending Roots of Justice trainings. 

Roots of Justice, Inc. (ROJ) is a nonprofit organization that envisions a world where work for justice in love enables all to live authentic and fulfilled lives. We seek the liberation of all persons from oppression, by providing strategies and tools for educating, organizing and renewing persons, institutions and systems.

Foundational to our Antiracism Analysis training is full participation by both white and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color)/Global Majority participants. We recognize that there is additional emotional labor for BIPOC/Global Majority participants and as such we invite our supporters and partners to sponsor BIPOC participants training fees. 

We ask that white participants consider giving to this fund as a means of reparations and standing in solidarity, as BIPOC participants acknowledge their Internalized Racist Oppression and journey toward wholeness. 

Please give any amount, or sponsor a participant's individual fees ($350).

You may also create a campaign to fundraise within your own social network to join us in standing with BIPOC participants and increase your impact.

Click on the "Become a Fundraiser" option to set up a fundraiser you can share with others. 

“The Training at Damascus Road [Roots of Justice] was profound….it has helped me to gain more confidence as a Black women and to realize I have always been smarter than I think I am, but to embrace it. The issue is not with me, it is with systematic racism. My hope for any person of color particularly, is that they can attend Damascus Road [Roots of Justice] and discover who they really are.” - Karen Mohr 

"It’s been a long time since I ever felt engaged enough to talk to a white person honestly and openly…”
- Terry Thompson