Listen First event in Charlottesville to kickoff National Week of Conversation (press release)

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Listen First event in Charlottesville to kickoff
National Week of Conversation

Michael Steele and Donna Brazile added to lineup of local and national influencers slated to support Charlottesville’s healing and to inspire the nation as more than 100 organizations coast to coast sign-up for NWOC events

Charlottesville, Virginia—Listen First Project is hosting a weekend of events April 20-22 to support the continued healing and reconciliation in Charlottesville - while inspiring a national week of bridging divides through conversations that prioritize understanding.

Former national party chairs Michael Steele and Donna Brazile will end the weekend with a conversation on “Finding Common Ground on Government’s Role in Bridging Racial Divides” presented by Common Ground Committee. Their conversation and others in Charlottesville will launch a week of thousands of conversations coast to coast prioritizing listening first to understand the other in an effort to revitalize America. The first National Week of Conversation is now supported by more than 100 organizational partners.

Charlottesville and many other communities across America have been devastated by division in recent years. With this National Week of Conversation, we can forge a new path, one guided by personal relationships built in conversation.” said Pearce Godwin, founder of Listen First Project, organizer of Listen First in Charlottesville, and co-director of National Week of Conversation. “We can turn the tide of rising rancor and deepening division by starting new conversations that bridge divides—move from 'us vs. them' to 'me and you.'

To see participants and learn more about the Listen First in Charlottesville weekend, visit For more information about NWOC, visit

About Listen First Project

Listen First Project encourages conversations that prioritize understanding the other and inspires hope for a stronger society one Listen First Pledge and Conversation at a time. LFP drives the Listen First movement to mend the frayed fabric of America by bridging divides. The Listen First movement is promoted coast to coast by 60+ organizational members of our Listen First Coalition as well as local Listen First programs in schools, communities, and workplaces. Learn more at

About National Week of Conversation

NWOC is nationwide series of events and individual conversations April 20-28, 2018 in which people all over America participate in conversations that prioritize listening first to understand the other across political, socio-economic and cultural divides. Individuals will participate at public events or in private groups at libraries, community centers, schools, clubs, online video conferences, restaurants and homes. This movement of bridge-building conversations will be promoted on social media using #ListenFirst. Additional information and opportunities to get involved as a host or participant are on the website:


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