WHATCOM — Angela Tucker, known for speaking out on a national scale on “the adopted life,” lends her voice to a Lynden-based group’s ongoing narrative.
Racial Unity Now, born out of racial and political strife last year, has set two more webinars for March 25 and April 1, this time revolving around issues of belonging and identity, say task force members Ron Polinder and Lynda Burke.
Both Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. will feature Seattleite Tucker, who has been called “America’s most recognizable voice in transracial adoption.” By blog, podcast, speaking and documentary film — her husband Bryan is an Emmy Award-winning cinematography — Tucker “goes beyond the fairy-tale narrative of adoption.”
Burke said her adopted daughter Amsah, a Lynden High School senior, came upon Bryan Tucker’s film “Closure,” which tells Angela’s story, and the two of them sat down together, “watched it and wept.”
The story gets at “the longing for identity, for belonging” that is inherent in all of us, Polinder says.
The first evening, Tucker will speak, with a panel of interviewers; the second, she will bring in the voices of children.
The purpose is to open up a discussion about race relations through the window of biracial adoption, Polinder said.
This will be the third public presentation event, all virtual, in about six months of existence for the locally rooted RUN group.
“It might not change the world, but it might change a few hearts,” he said. “We want to be faithful in trying to address this issue (racial justice).”
“We don’t want to just talk. We want to have action items, and we are hoping we can sustain this. That has been the spirit from the get-go.”
The RUN Facebook and Instagram pages will have the Zoom links to the webinars.