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Jane Elliott
The Anatomy of Prejudice

The Livingston Diversity Council is hosting Jane Elliott, internationally known teacher, lecturer and diversity trainer on January 18, 2008, in recognition of Martin Luther King Day.

In 1968, the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jane Elliott, a teacher in a small, all-white town in Iowa, divided her third-grade class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed children and began a lesson in bigotry. She conducted this exercise for 17 years in grades three, seven and eight before moving on to conduct this exercise to larger groups outside the school system, including educators at a White House Conference on Children and Youth.

Her exercise became a highly acclaimed television special entitled “A Class Divided” by PBS/Frontline. Jane Elliott was asked to appear on several television shows, was interviewed by many newspapers and magazines, and a book about her became a bestseller. But, unfortunately, many in her Iowa hometown were not happy with what she had done. Teachers resented the attention she received, some in the community complained that blacks might be attracted to the town, and Jane Elliott's children were taunted by other children.

In her visit to Livingston County, Mr. Elliott will conduct a three-hour presentation for community members, business people and educators.

Following this, she will address a luncheon at Crystal Gardens in Howell.
Ms. Elliott will explore the problems of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia, and ethnocentrism and the responsibility shared by all of us for illuminating them in and eliminating them from ourselves and our environment.

Those attending the presentation will be encouraged to discuss the issues raised as they relate to their own workplace. They will also be encouraged to discuss the materials presented on the handouts which are designed to help them to identify their own racist statements, behaviors, and attitudes.

Participants will receive a list of suggested activities which, if implemented, can help them to decrease the amount of racism in their environment and a list of books which, if read, can provide added insights to the problems of the -isms with which we are all confronted.

The Livingston Diversity Council is seeking sponsorship contributions to fund this important community initiative. Sponsors will enjoy the following:

  • Recognition for the part the company, individual or organization is playing in increasing diversity education and awareness, while creating a more welcoming community for all people.
  • Participation in the three-hour presentation program, facilitated by
    Ms. Elliott.
  • Attendance at the Crystal Gardens luncheon and speech by Ms. Elliott

Sponsor recognition

Leadership Sponsor $3,000

  • Ten Leadership Sponsor designees may participate in the three-hour presentation and attend the luncheon
  • Leadership sponsor name and logo on luncheon programs
  • Name and logo on Anatomy of Prejudice link from the Livingston Diversity Council website, www.livingstondiversity.org
  • Name and logo on tent cards on all tables at the presentation and luncheon
  • Leadership sponsor name included in all press releases concerning Mr. Elliott’s appearance in Livingston County
  • Signage at event will feature major sponsor logos
  • Name and logo in the Livingston Diversity newsletter
  • Recognition by emcee at the luncheon
  • Thank you tribute suitable for framing


Contributing Sponsor $1,000

  • Five Contributing Sponsor designees may participate in the three-hour presentation and attend the luncheon.
  • Name on luncheon programs
  • Name on Anatomy of Prejudice link from the Livingston Diversity Council website, www.livingstondiversity.org
  • Contributing sponsor name in the Livingston Diversity newsletter
  • Recognition by emcee at the luncheon
  • Thank you tribute suitable for framing


To Contribute as a Sponsor please contact
Pat Convery Public Relations Chair
Livingston Diversity Council
(517) 546-3920
pconvery@howell.org

Saint Joseph Mercy Livingston Hospital

Contributing Sponsors

Livingston County Daily Press & Argus
First Impression Print & Marketing
National City Bank- Howell
AsahiKASEI Plastics