Wednesday, February 5, 2014

SLCC’s Grand Theatre to host NPR’s Michele Norris and ‘Race Card Project’

How do you condense a lifetime of experience and thoughts about race into six words?

That’s the challenge National Public Radio’s Michele Norris has put to anyone willing to take part in “The Race Card Project.”

Norris will talk about race and the project February 11, 7-9 p.m. in Salt Lake Community College’s Grand Theatre on its South City Campus, 1575 South State Street in Salt Lake City. People interested in attending the event are encouraged to register in advance by visiting the web site

“Norris’ appearance at the Grand is an opportunity to take part in an important dialogue on a national stage about race in America,” said SLCC Public Relations Director Joy Tlou. “There is no other project right now in this country that compares to the significance, impact and broad scope of Norris’ Race Card Project.”

Race Card is an ongoing online project intended to be a catalyst for conversation about race, ethnicity and cultural identity in America. Norris created the project after publication of her 2010 family memoir, The Grand Silence, which raised “questions about her racial legacy and shed new light on America’s complicated history.”

Before Norris joined NPR in 2002, she was a staff writer for The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. For NPR she has hosted All Things Considered. In 2009 she was awarded “Journalist of the Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists.