Richard Josey is the Founder and Principal Consultant for Collective Journeys LLC. As a nationally recognized facilitator, interpreter, and equity and inclusion consultant, Richard has spent over 25 years in the history field. His current work centers on how museums and historical sites can become better venues for strangers to become less strange and places that mitigate trauma and promote healing.
Richard's work is guided by a question he heard from a Dakota elder: "What Kind of Ancestor Will You Be?" This critical question has encouraged thousands of public historians to work in community development and transformation, and intentional planning.
He currently serves as a member of the American Association for State and Local History's governing board and as the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair. Lastly, Richard is also a son, father, grandfather, brother, cousin, friend, and lover of hip hop, and champion of humanity, compassion, and grace. Today, Richard will present his current thoughts on what it takes for us all to become Good Ancestors.