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Adapted from the film Welcome to Shelbyville
directed and produced by Kim A. Snyder

Community Video List

  • Shelbyville UNITY Night

    Shelbyville residents from all walks of life come together to build trust amidst cultural difference. Click here for discussion questions for this webisode. Click here to embed this webisode.

  • "Hawo's Dinner Party" (teaser)

    “Hawo’s Dinner Party: The New Face of Southern Hospitality” is a tool designed to support community leaders — including educators,
    clergy, law enforcement, public officials and employers — who are
    helping to integrate newcomers from Muslim-majority countries, often
    against considerable obstacles.  Click here to learn more and watch the full module.

  • Hawo Part 1: From Somalia to Shelbyville

    After fleeing civil war in Somalia, Hawo now faces new challenges as a refugee in the U.S. Click here for discussion questions for this webisode. Click here to embed this webisode.

  • Hawo Part 2: The American Way

    Hawo makes strides in getting to know her new neighbors and home. Click here for discussion questions for this webisode. Click here to embed this webisode.

  • Miguel: Our Dreams

    Miguel: Our Dreams

    Runtime 03:18

    Miguel: Our Dreams

    Originally from Mexico and now a U.S. citizen, Miguel reflects on how our experiences shape the meaning of the American Dream for each one of us.Click here for discussion questions for this webisode. Click here to embed this webisode.

  • Miss Beverly Part 1: What Would My Great-Great-Great-Grandfather Think?

    Longtime Shelbyville resident Miss Beverly reflects on the inevitability of change – from a new presidency to her new neighbors. Click here for discussion questions for this webisode. Click here to embed this webisode.

  • Miss Beverly Part 2: Beverly Breaks the Ice

    As Beverly gets to know the Somali women in her community, she learns she has more in common with them than she thought. Click here for discussion questions for this webisode. Click here to embed this webisode.

  • Miss Marilyn: This Is Our Chance

    Miss Marilyn reflects on what it was like growing up in the segregated South, and points out that more needs to be done to keep moving our communities forward. Click here for discussion questions for this webisode. Click here to embed this webisode.

  • Ms. Luci: A Teacher Makes Connections

    ESL and U.S. Civics instructor Ms. Luci believes educating newcomers is key to building a healthy community. Click here for discussion questions for this webisode. Click here to embed this webisode.

  • New Neighbors Give Thanks

    Sometimes breaking bread is the best way to break the ice. Click here for discussion questions for this webisode. Click here to embed this webisode.

  • Stephen Part 1: Embrace the Stranger

    Pastor Stephen faces the challenge of helping others understand what it means to “embrace the stranger.” Click here for discussion questions for this webisode. Click here to embed this webisode.


  • Stephen Part 2: God's Children

    Are interreligious relationships possible in a small town like Shelbyville? Pastor Stephen and Imam Mohamed have a first conversation. Click here for discussion questions for this webisode. Click here to embed this webisode.

Shelbyville UNITY Night

Shelbyville residents from all walks of life come together to build trust amidst cultural difference. Click here for discussion questions for this webisode. Click here to embed this webisode.

Community

In Shelbyville, many people are demonstrating a sense of community by coming together, getting to know each other and communicating with openness and respect. These are the core principles of the Welcoming Tennessee work being done by Ms. Luci, Miguel and others in Shelbyville.

The Welcoming Tennessee Initiative is a statewide effort developed by the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) in 2006 to help improve relations between long-term residents and immigrant newcomers. With programs in three cities throughout Tennessee, the Welcoming Tennessee model is focused on understanding the concerns of long-term residents in demographically changing towns and coming up with ways to acknowledge and address them in order to maintain harmony in the community. By working with local “welcoming ambassadors” like Luci and Miguel, the Welcoming Tennessee Initiative is building understanding among diverse residents and enhancing communication.

Since its inception, the Welcoming Tennessee model has captured the attention of organizations and individuals in other states across the U.S. dealing with similar challenges related to immigration. This interest eventually led to the development of Welcoming America, a national, grassroots-driven umbrella organization that strives to replicate the Welcoming Tennessee model in communities across the country. The mission of Welcoming America is to promote mutual respect and cooperation between foreign-born and U.S.-born Americans. The ultimate goal is to create a welcoming atmosphere – community by community – in which immigrants are more likely to integrate into the social fabric of their adopted hometowns.

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Character Profiles

  • Shelbyville, Tennessee

    Shelbyville, Tennessee

  • Miss Beverly

    Miss Beverly

    Caterer, Excel Catering
  • Hawo

    Hawo

    Worker, Tyson Foods
  • Miguel

    Miguel

    Auto-worker, General Motors
  • Ms. Luci

    Ms. Luci

    Teacher, ESL / U.S. Civics
  • Pastor Stephen

    Pastor Stephen

    Pastor, First Presbyterian Church
  • Miss Marilyn

    Miss Marilyn

    Sunday School Teacher