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Join us for a Civic Dinners conversation exploring how we understand race and how we can bridge the racial divide to build Dr. King's dream of the Beloved Community.

 

Help us LAUNCH a conversation that matterS IN YOUR COMMUNITY.
 

The King Center invites you to join leaders across the world in a conversation exploring how we understand race and how we can bridge the racial divide to build Dr. King's dream of the Beloved Community. 

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. MLK Jr.'s assassination, The King Center invites people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds to come together over dinner and share stories and experiences around race. By sharing stories we can begin to understand one another, our personal struggles and our collective struggles, and together commit to bridging the racial divide in America, and beyond.  

 

WHAT IS A CIVIC DINNER?

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A Civic Dinner is a conversation over dinner, with a host, 6-10 guests, three big questions, with equal time to share and one voice at a time. The questions are provided to the host in advance and a follow-up email is automatically sent to all guests and hosts that help collect key insights from the dinner.


WHO ARE YOU?

Select one to jump to the appropriate section of this toolkit.


HOST A CIVIC DINNER

Gather 6-10 friends, peers, colleagues and neighbors for dinner for a conversation exploring how we understand race and how we can bridge the racial divide in your community.


YOUR ROLE AS A HOST

Civic Dinners makes organizing your dinner easy.

Simply go civicdinners.com/theracialdivide, click "Host a Dinner" and add your specific dinner details to create a custom dinner page to send to your guests to register for your dinner. All information regarding the conversation is automatically set, including email reminders and follow-ups sent to all guests and you as the host. Here are some things to keep in mind. 

 

1) Plan your dinner

  • Choose a date and location.
  • You can host either in a home or at a local restaurant, as long as it is a quiet space for 6-10 guests.
  • Decide on max capacity (best to keep to 6 if hosting at a restaurant).
  • Decide if you’d like it to be potluck or if you’d like to provide the food and ask people to pitch in.
  • Remember there is no responsibility for the host to cover the total cost of the dinner.
  • Everyone pays for their own meal or brings a dish if it is potluck, so there is no cost burden on the host.

 

2) Post your dinner

  • Go to civicdinners.com/theracialdivide and click “Host a Dinner” to setup your dinner.
  • Follow the simple guide to select the date, time, location, max guests.
  • Dinners can be set to "open" where anyone can register or "host approval" where guests fill out more information about themselves and the host must approve guests before any confirmation is sent.
  • Upon completion you will have a branded dinner page with a unique URL you can share. 
  • You’ll also receive a confirmation email with a link to download the host guide.
  • The Host Guide includes all prompts and questions that guide the conversation so you can sit back, relax and listen.

 

3) Spread the word and manage your guests

  • Invite friends or guests and share via Facebook through your dinner page. 
  • Civic Dinners are designed to be inclusive, so hosts are encouraged to invite diverse voices to the table to enable a robust conversation.
  • Or leave it open on the platform and be open to people you may not know attending your dinner.
  • Track guests who have registered for your dinner through email or your dinner page. 
  • All communications and reminders are automatically set through CivicDinners.com.
  • View the marketing guide below with sample messaging and images to share.

 

4) Enjoy your dinner and tell us about it!

  • Simply follow the host guide sent via email or follow the host guide card in the host kit. 
  • Follow the Civic Dinner guidelines of one voice at a time, with equal time to share.
  • Make sure to take a photo of the dinner and capture any memorable quotes to share on social media.
  • Remember to post photos and share your experience on social media tagging @CivicDinners and #bridgetheracialdivide or #bridgethedivide.
  • Encourage your guests to host their own Civic Dinner and keep the conversation going.
  • After the dinner, Civic Dinners will follow up with guests with a survey link to share their reflections, ideas and feedback.

 

Have questions or need help? Contact our user support team at support@civicdinners.com

Or fill out the form below for a personal follow-up from the Civic Dinners team. 


MARKETING YOUR CIVIC DINNER

YOU are amazing! Thank you for diving in and being 1 of 1000 Civic Dinner hosts for Bridging the Racial Divide! We've created copy/paste messaging to help recruit attendees at your dinner.

COPY, PASTE + POST

 

EMAIL

  • Edit accordingly if you're a group or organization hosting
  • Use your unique dinner URL that you created on civicdinners.com/theracialdivide
  • Copy/paste and send to friends and colleagues

 

Hey [best person ever],

I'm hosting a Civic Dinner on Bridging the Racial Divide on [insert date and time] at [awesome location of your Civic Dinner] and would love it if you could make it!

This isn't just any dinner. This conversation is one of hundreds happening across the U.S and beyond as part of The King Center's Beloved Community Talks series. It's all about bringing people of different racial and ethnic backgrounds together to share stories and experiences around race. The hope is to gain a greater understanding of one another, our personal struggles and our collective struggles as it relates to race. 

You can anticipate some good food and good company, and some really meaningful and important conversation around how we can bridge the racial divide in our community, in America, and beyond. 

I think talking about race among family, friends, and colleagues will bring clarity and hopefully some solutions we can forward on to those ready to help.

You can learn more about my Civic Dinner and register at: [link to your unique URL - copy/paste from civicdinners.com]

I hope you can make it and join in on what should be a great night!


FACEBOOK

  • Edit accordingly if you're a group or organization hosting
  • Edit with your unique URL from civicdinners.com/theracialdivide
  • Like and [TAG @] us at @thekingcenter and @civicdinners
  • Include #bridgethedivide #MLK50Forward
     

Post 1: Call for Dinner Guests

I'm hosting a Civic Dinner on behalf of [TAG @TheKingCenter]! Join me [insert date and time] for a night of meaningful and important conversations exploring race and how we can bridge the racial divide.

Learn more about this cool collaboration with [TAG @CivicDinners] and [TAG @thekingcenter] and register at [link to your unique URL - copy/paste from civicdinners.com/theracialdivide]

#bridgethedivide #MLK50Forward

 

Post 2: Call for Hosts

[TAG @thekingcenter] is looking for leaders across the world to host a Civic Dinner on Bridging the Racial Divide. You'll join a movement of thousands of conversations happening starting in April as part of a celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of The King Center and Dr. MLK Jr.

Getting started is easy. Just sign up to host, select a location (your house or quiet restaurant), invite a diverse group of friends and neighbors, and download the step-by-step Host Guide that includes everything else you'll need.   

https://www.civicdinners.com/theracialdivide #bridgethedivide


TWITTER

  • Edit accordingly if you're a group or organization hosting
  • Use your unique URL from civicdinners.com/theracialdivide
  • Tag and follow us at @thekingcenter and @civicdinners 
  • Include #bridgethedivide #civicdinners

 

Tweet 1: Join My Civic Dinner

I've joined @thekingcenter and @civicdinners to host a Civic Dinner on [insert date]. Grab your seat at the table and let's break bread to explore race and how we can bridge the racial divide.. Signup --> [link to your unique URL - copy/paste from civicdinners.com] #bridgethedivide

 

Tweet 2: Host a Civic Dinner

Rally your community around the dinner table, host your own Civic Dinner! @thekingcenter and @civicdinners makes it easy: https://www.civicdinners.com/theracialdivide #bridgethedivide


INSTAGRAM

  • Edit accordingly if you're a group or organization hosting
  • If you're using Civic Dinners, put your unique dinner page URL in bio
  • Follow and [TAG @] us at @thekingcenter and @civicdinners
  • Include #bridgethedivide
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Post 1: Join My Dinner

I've joined @thekingcenter to host a Civic Dinner on Bridging the Racial Divide on [Date]. Grab your seat at the table and let's break bread to explore race and how we can bridge the racial divide. Link to signup in bio or leave a comment for more info! #bridgethedivide


LINKEDIN

  • Edit accordingly if you're a group or organization hosting
  • Use your unique URL from civicdinners.com/theracialdivide
  • Like and TAG us at @civicdinners
  • Include #bridgethedivide

 

Post 1: Call for Dinner Guests

I'm hosting a Civic Dinner as part of 1000 dinner conversations across the nation starting in April! Join me [insert date and time] for a night of meaningful and important conversations around how we can bridge the racial divide. 

Learn more about this cool collaboration with [TAG @CivicDinners] and sign-up at [link to your unique URL - copy/paste from civicdinners.com]

#bridgethedivide


SIGN-UP TO HOST

INTERESTED IN HOSTING A CIVIC DINNER?

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ATTEND A CIVIC DINNER

HAPPENING Nationwide — 2018

Join us at the table for a conversation exploring how we understand race and how we can bridge the racial divide to build the Beloved Community.

This conversation aims to bring people of different racial backgrounds together to share stories and experiences around race. By sharing stories we can begin to understand one another, our personal struggles and our collective struggles, and together commit to bridging the racial divide in America, and beyond. 

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SPREAD THE WORD

HELP RECRUIT HOSTS ALL ACROSS America

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EMAIL INVITE

Dear friends of [organization name],

You’re invited to join communities across America in a conversation exploring how we understand race and how we can bridge the racial divide to build the Beloved Community. 

For the next year, over one thousand Civic Dinners will take place across America with the aim to bring people of different racial backgrounds together to share stories and experiences around race. By sharing stories we can begin to understand one another, our personal struggles and our collective struggles, and together commit to bridging the racial divide in America, and beyond. 

Hosting a dinner is fun and easy! Simply follow these steps:
 

1) Plan your dinner

  • Choose a date starting in April 
  • You can host either in a home or at a local restaurant, as long as it's a quiet space for 6-10 people
  • Decide if you’d like it to be potluck or if you’d like to provide the food and ask people to pitch in

2) Post your dinner

  • Go to civicdinners.com/theracialdivide and click “Host a Dinner”
  • Follow the simple guide to select the date, time, location, max guests
  • Make your dinner “open” to anyone or “host approval” where you approve each guest
  • You’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to download the host guide

3) Spread the word and manage your guests

  • Invite friends or guests and share via Facebook through your unique URL dinner page 
  • Track guests who have registered for your dinner through email or your dinner page 
  • Use the marketing guide here for sample posts to recruit guests
  • All communications and reminders are automatically set through CivicDinners.com

4) Enjoy your dinner and tell us about it!

  • Follow the host guide sent via email or follow the host guide card in the host kit 
  • Remember to take a photo of the dinner and capture any memorable quotes to share on social media 
  • Encourage your guests to fill out the follow-up survey to help inform the statewide campaign

 

We are proud to partner with The King Center for this important conversation and see it as a great way to engage our local partners, families and community leaders. 

We hope you join us at the table. 

Learn more and find all the helpful tools and resources here

 

Cheers!


NEWSLETTER

You’re invited to join communities across America in a conversation exploring how we understand race and how we can bridge the racial divide to build the Beloved Community. 

For the next year, over one thousand Civic Dinners will take place across America with the aim to bring people of different racial backgrounds together to share stories and experiences around race. By sharing stories we can begin to understand one another, our personal struggles and our collective struggles, and together commit to bridging the racial divide in America, and beyond. 

Learn more and find all the helpful tools and resources about how to host and spread the word, here

We hope you join us at the table. 

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TWITTER

Important tags and handles:

  • #bridgethedivide
  • #theracialdivide
  • @CivicDinners 
  • @TheKingCenter 

 

Tweet 1:  Be Our Guest

BE OUR GUEST! Join us at the table for a @civicdinners conversation around #theracialdivide in your community to explore how we understand race and how we can bridge the racial divide to build the Beloved Community. https://www.civicdinners.com/theracialdivide

 

Tweet 2:  Host a Dinner

Want to host a conversation that matters? We’re looking for brave hosts to lead a @civicdinners conversation around #theracialdivide in your community. and how we can bridge the racial divide to build the Beloved Community. https://www.civicdinners.com/theracialdivide


FACEBOOK

Important tags and handles:

  • #bridgethedivide
  • #theracialdivide
  • @CivicDinners
  • @TheKingCenter

 

Post 1: Be Our Guest

BE OUR GUEST! Join us at the table for a @civicdinners conversation around #theracialdivide in your community to explore how we understand race and how we can bridge the racial divide to build the Beloved Community. https://www.civicdinners.com/theracialdivide

 

Post 2: Host a Dinner

Want to host a conversation that matters? We’re looking for brave hosts to lead a @civicdinners conversation around #theracialdivide in your community. and how we can bridge the racial divide to build the Beloved Community. https://www.civicdinners.com/theracialdivide


Thanks so much for your interest in joining us at the table for a conversation that matters. 

 

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ThE king center

 

Beloved Community Talks

 

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