ASU set to honor Rev. Robert & Jean Graetz & their lifetime of human and civil rights work at National Center event

When: Next Tuesday (April 23), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: ASU’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome, in its banquet room, (back entrance, court-level).

The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University will host its 13th annual Robert and Jean Graetz Symposium on Human Rights and Reconciliation next Tuesday (April 23), from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in ASU’s Dunn-Oliver Acadome banquet room.

This year’s theme is “Hope, History and Nonviolent Resistance in the Struggle for the Beloved Community.”

The event is free and open to the public.

This year’s Graetz Symposium will feature speakers from civil rights leaders, scholars and community activists who will participate in a panel discussion regarding the relevance of nonviolent resistance in the solution of 21st century problems. Specifically, the symposium will examine the role of nonviolent resistance as a tactic/strategy and viable philosophy in African-American’s efforts to overcome racial oppression and as a model for solving conflicts between individuals, within communities, and among nations.

The Graetz Symposium was founded by ASU’s National Center to honor the longtime human and civil rights activism of the Rev. and Ms. Graetz. It is designed to stimulate action – oriented citizens to work toward reconciliation while examining factors that divide ethnic groups.

NOTE: Please see below for the symposium’s complete schedule.
News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104. 

 

– Written by Media Relations specialist Hazel Scott.

The Graetz Symposium’s Morning Sessions

 

9:35 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. “The Historical, Spiritual/ Ethical and Ideological Roots of Nonviolent Resistance to Societal Conflicts | Presenter: Dr. Bernard Lafayette, Civil Rights Activist, Minister, College Lecturer and Strategist on Nonviolent Social Change
10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. “Nonviolent Resistance and the Civil Rights Movement” | Presenter: Dr. Karcheik Sims-Alvarado, Assistant Professor of African-American Studies, Morehouse College, Atlanta, Georgia
10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. “Nonviolent Resistance – A Personal Transformative Philosophy and Theology” | Presenter: Dr. Ruby Sales, Founder, SpiritHouse Project, Civil Rights Activist and Lecturer
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. “Nonviolent Resistance and Martin Luther King, Jr.” | Presenter: Dr. Keith Burton, Director, Center for Adventist-Muslim Relations/ Professor of Religion, Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama
Symposium Luncheon

(RSVP REQUIRED)

12:20 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. “The Spirituality of Nonviolent Resistance & the Struggle for the Beloved Community” | Presenter: Dr. Robert White, Instructor of Humanities, Alabama State University.
Afternoon Workshop Session

2 p.m.-3 p.m.

This workshop looks at nonviolent resistance as a tool for solving problems facing communities in the 2lst century. Attorney Ainka Jackson, Executive Director of Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation, will moderate a panel discussion with community activists and leaders, including Charles Lee, Executive Director of That’s My Child; Deandre Burns, High School Program Director at Common Ground Montgomery; and more.

 

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