dRworks has operated since 2004 as a collaborative of trainers and organizers who have been facilitating Dismantling Racism work for many years. Building on a model developed in the early 1990s by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, what was once a three-day workshop has developed into the longterm Dismantling Racism process we facilitate today. Under the leadership of all those at dRworks and with the help of literally hundreds of people who have participated in the DR process, we continued to develop and strengthen the racial justice analysis and process that we offer to leaders and organizations who come to us for help and support. As noted on our home page, we are celebrating over a decade of work as dRworks and a decade before that as ChangeWork, bringing this work to a close in the spring of 2017. We are so honored to have worked with so many skilled, thoughtful, courageous, and full of humor people as colleagues and workshop participants and organizational leaders and activists. Our gratitude is boundless and our faith in our collective ability to build a just world is strong.
Dismantling Racism Works celebrates and mourns Cynthia Brown, a long-time colleague, friend, and mentor, a spiritual warrior, social justice advocate, trainer and beloved. Cynthia was a huge generous sprit, a freedom fighter, a mentor and teacher to us and so many others. She brought a hearty laugh, a willingness to ask the difficult challenging question, a deep desire to truly understand another's perspective, grace and beauty and power. We will forever miss her clear-headed and loving leadership and counsel and she will remain forever in our hearts and bones. Cynthia was a native of Reidsville, NC, received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C. and her Masters of Public Affairs from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro (UNC-G). She brought us over 30 years of social justice activism and used training to increase grassroots community people’s capacity to build their own organizations, build effective alliances, and advocate for public policies to address their needs. Cynthia was a fellow in the W.K. Kellogg National Fellowship Program. Cynthia had extensive international experience, was a former city council woman in Durham, a 2002 U.S. Senatorial Candidate, and she co-chaired the first U.S. Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Greensboro. We are heartbroken that she is no longer with us and so grateful that we had the opportunity to work and learn and grow with her.