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the robert and jean graetz symposium on human rights and reconciliation

The Graetz Symposium will examine the role of nonviolent resistance as a tactic/strategy/ and viable philosophy in blacks’ efforts to overcome racial oppression and as a model for solving conflicts between individuals, within communities and among nations around the world.

Morning Sessions:

“Hope, History and Nonviolent Resistance in the Struggle for the Beloved Community”

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

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:

"Nonviolent Resistance in the Twenty-First Century"
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

This workshop looks at nonviolent resistance as a tool for solving problems facing communities in the twenty-first 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.  

For more information, contact Anneshia Hardy at 334-229-8568 or

The program is free and open to the public. 

Tue., Apr. 23, 2019, 9:00AM – 3:00PM

More Information on Website:

Dunn Oliver Acadome 915 S Jackson St. Montgomery, Alabama 36104

Category: History, Family, Civil Rights, Community

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