EVENT: June 28 Panel “Talking It Out: Being Black In America” featuring Saja Butler, Phil Donaldson, Anthony P. McGlaun

Saja Butler
Phil Donaldson
Anthony P. McGlaun

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  • “The conversation was fantastic! I loved hearing folks’ views and perspectives.”
  • “I always leave these meetings feeling better about the human race.”

PANEL DISCUSSION WITH LIVE MUSIC “Talking It Out: Being Black In America”

Sunday, June 28, 2020
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. MDT
via Zoom


It’s time to listen.

Diverse Fort Collins invites you to a thought-provoking online panel discussion and Q&A featuring three Black community members – Saja Butler, Phil Donaldson, and Anthony McGlaun.

The program will also feature musical performances by Mr. McGlaun and Ms. Butler, and a brief history of Juneteenth by Mr. Donaldson.

This is a unique opportunity to hear what it’s like to be Black in Fort Collins – and in America – in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others, and the world-wide protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

This event will center the experiences of people of color (POC). If you do not identify as POC, we ask that you listen and observe only.

This event is also meant to be a safe space for POC. We may record it – and would announce this at the event – and will decide afterward whether to share the link only with those who have registered.


SAJA BUTLER is the owner of Urban Monk Studios, a music studio in Fort Collins specializing in Banjo, Guitar, Uke, and Voice lessons as well as Stage Performance and Ensemble Classes for adults. She is also a member of Lois and the Lantern, as well as a solo artist.

PHIL DONALDSON is vice president of marketing and creative at PropelGrowth, a business to business marketing consultancy serving the Financial Technology space. With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Donaldson has helped companies with branding, content development, creative direction, and media production. He is also an accomplished composer and musician.

ANTHONY P. MCGLAUN is a classically trained tenor who specializes in the music of African American composers of Art Song. Mr. McGlaun is a voice teacher as well as social justice advocate.

Link to event recording (unlisted YouTube link)

  • About 130 registrations
  • About 80 attendees (multiple attendees shared computers)
  • Testimonials

“The ‘Talking It Out: Being Black in America’ event was so informative and inspiring. Saja Butler, Phil Donaldson, and Anthony P. McGlaun were perfect choices for the panel, so articulate, honest, and encouraging. This was an important and timely event. Thank you so much for hosting.” – Teresa

“That was a wonderful event. I’m so glad I could be part of it. Grew up in the Philadelphia area with Black friends and family, so this is near and dear to my heart. I’m grateful for Diverse Fort Collins and the opportunities they’re creating for meaningful interaction between the white population and people of color in our city.”
– Katharine


We’ve added more information to our Businesses page, including listings of Black-owned businesses in Fort Collins, and more info to our Resources page, including a section on “What can I do?”


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8 thoughts on “EVENT: June 28 Panel “Talking It Out: Being Black In America” featuring Saja Butler, Phil Donaldson, Anthony P. McGlaun

    1. Thanks for your interest, Grant! We’ll share a recording of the event with all registered attendees.


      1. Good news, Grant! We shared the video link with registered attendees last week and it’s now available on the Events page.


    1. Thanks for your interest in the June 28 event, Kari! We will share a recording link with all registered attendees soon. We hope you can join us for our July 26 and Aug 16 events!


      1. Good news, Kari! We shared the video link with registered attendees last week and it’s now available on the Events page.


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