Community Roundtables


Episcopalians United Against Racism collaborates with Communities in Partnership (CIP) to host Virtual Community Roundtable Forums on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 12:00-1:30pm | Email [email protected] to join our mailing list | Scroll down to access recordings of previous roundtables where available. 



WEDNESDAY, August 25th, 12:00-1:30pm (Register here for 4th Wednesday Roundtables)

"Fostering Black Maternal Health" with Joy Spencer, Maya Jackson, and Joy Lampkin Foster

Even mainstream health organizations like the AMA recognize that Our Black maternal health crisis is an American tragedy. "It is shocking that women in the U.S. are more likely to suffer a pregnancy-related death today than in the 1990s. The danger is even greater for women of color. Black women are at least three times more likely than white women to die as a result of pregnancy; in states such as Illinois their risk is six times greater."  Susan R. Bailey, MD, Immediate Past President.

We are thrilled to feature a panel of three inspiring women whose passion is to counteract this tragedy by fostering Black maternal health.


Joy Spencer is a proud mother and lifelong advocate committed to achieving equity and authentic community engagement.  Joy is the Executive Director of Equity Before Birth, a Black maternal health charity organization working to eliminate disparities and improve maternal health outcomes by providing paid leave opportunities and increasing access to perinatal support services. A natural-born strategist driven by passion, Joy is determined to be the change she would like to see in the world.


Maya Jackson is an AfroCarolinian, a mother, community advocate, and 4th generation Durhamite. Maya is the founder and Executive Director of Mobilizing African American Mothers through Empowerment (MAAME, Inc.). MAAME is a community-rooted maternal health organization that provides community maternal health solutions for Black, Brown, and other birthing people of color. Through access to birth and postpartum support, essential baby items, food access, training birth workers, and advocacy, MAAME revives birthing traditions and practices stripped from communities of color. It’s Maya’s mission to support the advancement of Black and Brown birth workers not only in the Triangle but statewide.


Joy Lampkin Foster is a birth doula, mother, and community advocate. As a doula, her work focuses on empowering Black families with self-advocacy tools and on reclaiming "the village" as a key part of combatting weathering and enabling Black families to thrive. She is also the founder of The Endayo Company, which provides advising and training at the intersection of leadership and equity for maternal health leaders. She serves as board member of MAAME, advisory board member of UNC Birth Partners, advisor for Durham's Early Childhood Action Plan and facilitator for the Black Coalition for Safe Motherhood


WEDNESDAY, May 26th, 2021 - Housing and Economic Justice through Urban Planning with Dr. Danielle Spurlock, Assistant Professor with UNC Chapel Hill's Department of City and Regional Planning. 


The conversation on developing "affordable housing" is inextricably tied to broader issues of economic justice and to the stark disparities that Black residents have faced historically and continue to face in the present. How do we not only provide access to affordable housing but also ensure that all Black community members generate sustainable income and build equity through economic development and transformationally reparative funding? 


Dr. Danielle Spurlock’s work focuses on plan and policy implementation and addresses policy questions in the areas of planning, public health, environmental and social justice, and dispute resolution. Her research explores the relationships among land use, the environment, human behavior, and structural inequality on a variety of research projects including: social stratification and its impact of the siting of hazardous land uses; social vulnerability and emergency preparedness; and the impact of land use decisions on ecosystems services. Dr. Spurlock’s most recent research investigates plan and policy implementation and the land use decision-making process at the parcel level.


WEDNESDAY, May 12th, 2021 - Exploring the Impact of Racism on Housing

In this discussion, four guest panelists helped us to explore the inequitable impact racism has had on housing for Black, brown, and white residents of Durham and North Carolina as a whole.  



Floyd B. McKissick, Jr. represented Durham County in the North Carolina Senate from 2007 to 2019 and currently serves on the North Carolina Utilities Commission.


Selina Mack is the Executive Director of the Durham Community Land Trustees, the lasting legacy of Durham residents coming together to preserve home ownership over 30 years ago.


Stella Adams is the founder and CEO of S J Adams Consulting and is a nationally recognized expert on the Fair Housing Act and its implementing regulations.


Howard Machtinger is the former director of North Carolina Teaching Fellows and a long time education and civil rights activist.


Wednesday, April 28th, 2021Exploring the Connections Between Anti-Trans Oppression, White Supremacy Culture, and the Legacy of Lynching - A Panel Discussion with J. Clapp and Vanity Reid Deterville from the LGBTQ Center of Durham.


Trans and gender-nonconforming youth, especially female-identified trans youth of color, are under increasing attack and need our love and support more than ever! Around the country more than 100 bills have been filed that would bar trans youth from accessing life-saving medical care, limit their ability to participate in athletic programs, and invade the privacy of all youth athletes.

According to EqualityNC, 2021 has been the deadliest year on record for trans people, with trans murders jumping 226% in early March compared to that point last year. Bias and state-sanctioned violence and discrimination against our LGBTQIA+ family, friends, and neighbors is inextricably linked with the perpetuation of White Supremacy Culture and must be addressed as part of our urgent efforts to dismantle systems of racism and oppression. 

J. Clapp (they/them/theirs) is the Executive Director of the LGBTQ Center. 

Vanity Reid Deterville (she/her/hers) is Program Director of GRASP at the LGBTQ Center.


Wednesday, March 24, 2021 - Exploring the Theological, Religious, and Spiritual Legacy of Lynching with Dr. Tim Tyson.


Tim Tyson is a senior research scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and author of The Blood of Emmett Till and Blood Done Sign My Name. As a continuation of our exploration of the devastating impact of lynching inspired by the Unfinished: Deep South podcast series, Dr. Tyson provided a historical and theological perspective on how the history of lynching and racial terror in the South is deeply embedded in our religious and spiritual practices and identity as a nation and in particular, here in the South.


Replay Previous Roundtable Discussions Inspired by the Unfinished: Deep South Podcast Series Exploring the Legacy of Lynching: 

Episode 1| Episodes 2-10 (Scroll down past Short Creek season to see "Deep South" episodes)

  • Jan. 27, 2021 - "The History and Legacy of Lynching in North Carolina" with NCCU Archivist Andre D. Vann. REPLAY
  • Dec. 9, 2020 - "The Making of the Unfinished: Deep South Podcast Series" with creators Taylor Hom and Neil Shea. REPLAY
  • Oct. 14, 2020 - "Racism in the Local News" with minister and journalist Carl W. Kenney II discussing his op-ed "In the matter involving Wendell Davis vs Heidi Carter, white silence exposes white privilege." REPLAY.

Replay Additional Roundtable Recordings:

  • Nov. 11, 2020 - From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century with authors Sandy Darity and Kirsten Mullen. REPLAY
  • Oct. 28, 2020 - "Public Safety, Gun Violence and COVID19 in the 'Bull-et City'" with District Attorney Satana Deberry and Duke Professor Philip Cook, co-winner of the 2020 Stockholm Prize in Criminology for his work on "Evidence-based explanations of gun policy effects." REPLAY (Passcode Euar2020!)
  • Sept. 23, 2020 -"The Power of Community-Rooted Organizations, Part 2" with Camryn Smith, Dr. Danielle Spurlock, Aliyah Abdur-Rahman, and Dr. Kay Jowers,  Click here to read their article in Metropolitics. REPLAY
  • Sept. 9, 2020 - "The Power of Community-Rooted Organizations, Part 1" with Camryn Smith, Dr. Danielle Spurlock, Aliyah Abdur-Rahman, and Dr. Kay Jowers. REPLAY (Passcode Euar2020!)
  • Aug. 26, 2020 - "Putting Equity Into Action in our Durham Community" with Nia Wilson (SpiritHouse Inc), Dr. Ronda Taylor Bullock (we are) and Dr. Wanda Boone (Durham TRY)REPLAY (Passcode Euar2020!)
  • Aug. 12, 2020 - "Hayti Reborn: Durham Equity Project - Towards a Vision for Widely-Shared Prosperity for Hayti, NCCU and Durham" with special guest expert Dr. Henry C. McKoy, Jr., Managing Director of the Eagle Angel Network and faculty member at the NC Central University's School of Business. REPLAY (Passcode Euar2020!)
Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.