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About Us

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Dr. GE (Gabriel) Washington

Dr. GE (Gabriel) Washington holds a PhD in art education and a national reputation for innovative program development, community organizing, and creative curriculum happenings. GE is a seventh-generation Black farmer from Bedford PA and also offers over 18 years of experience as a professional facilitator and community activist. His performances and community organizing work have touched communities across North America, from housing projects in Chicago, Illinois to community development organizations in Grenada, and teaching institutes on the border at Nogales, Mexico. As a facilitator, he asks what happens to identities that are not accepted or perhaps not easily seen. He focuses on the micro-events that occur when we learn together and believes that the practice of analyzing micro-aggressions builds stronger, deeper relationships.

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Dr. Sarah Chepkirui Creider 

Dr. Sarah Chepkirui Creider is a linguist, conversation analyst, teacher, and self-defense instructor. She has a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Columbia University, a black-belt in Kajukenbo Kung Fu, and over 15 years of experience as a facilitator. She speaks English, French, and German, and has lived in Paris, Berlin, Brooklyn, and San Francisco. As a Jewish, White woman who was born in Kenya and raised in a Black family in rural Pennsylvania, Sarah has a personal understanding of the dangerous silence that can enfold our stories about race, on both familial and societal levels. Currently, she is a member of the Applied Linguistics & TESOL faculty at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her work, as both an academic researcher and facilitator, is focused on what she calls a “micro-revolution” — the possibility for change inherent in each moment of everyday interaction.

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About Our Name

The Harris family is one of five Black families who have lived in Bedford County (just north of the Mason Dixon Line) since the 1820s. Gabriel’s grandmother, Rae (Harris) Washington, and Sarah’s grandmother, Sarah King (Harris) Anderson, were both matriarchs in the family. Our name honors our grandmothers, the land that has held our family for many generations, and the complexities of personal, familial, and community connections.

Pictured is the hillside where the original Harris homestead stood, now a county reservoir. 

Gabriel and Sarah grew up together as cousins in rural Pennsylvania. Decades later, meeting in the same small town where they were raised, they realized that they had developed separate and yet complementary approaches to facilitating conversations about racism, sexism, and other forms of bias. Together, they offer the perspectives of a Black man and a White woman, doctorates in art education and applied linguistics, a performance artist and a poet, and a dancer and a martial artist. Their work rests on the foundation of a shared belief in the power of conversation. 

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