In 2010, journalist Michele Norris began inviting people to distill their thoughts on the word race to six words. Since then, the Race Card Project™ has archived more than 50,000 submissions from all 50 states and 62 countries. Today, The Bridge — a new program at the Washington, D.C.-based Aspen Institute — uses these stories with communities, corporations, schools, the media and others to help raise awareness, share knowledge and activate learning. The Bridge, Race Card Project and United Way of Central Maryland are joining together to collect the voices of the Central Maryland community. The Race Card Project submissions are candid, emotional, thoughtful, brave, full of hope and sometimes anger. Some will make you smile, some will make you sad, some will make you uncomfortable, and some, we hope, will help start important conversations. Submit your story.