Northland young adults will share how the tumultuous events of 2020 — especially COVID-19 and concerns about racial justice and equity — have impacted them and their thoughts about the future.

The public is invited to the panel discussion, “Let’s Talk and Listen: A Conversation Based on Speak Your Peace.”

It will be held by Zoom video conference at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The event will be held using the framework of "Speak Your Peace: The Civility Project," an initiative of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Since its start in 2003, "Speak Your Peace" has helped residents throughout the Northland, across the country and around the world work better together and build community by communicating more respectfully.

“We know 2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, but we are especially interested in hearing how events of the past 10 months have impacted young people,” said Anita Stech, volunteer coordinator for Speak Your Peace in the Twin Ports.

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Moderating the panel discussion will be Carl Crawford, human rights officer for the city of Duluth, and Tadd Johnson, a professor and senior director of American Indian Tribal Nation Relations in the University of Minnesota system.

"What they have experienced has impacted their educations, their jobs, their family lives and their thoughts about the future," Stech said. "We need to hear their voices and have them lead a conversation about how we emerge from 2020.

To join, go to or go to and enter meeting ID: 397 417 5878. When prompted, enter the passcode: SYP.