"WHAT'S THE SOUL-UTION?"
AT LAST, A NEW THOUGHT FOR BLACK AMERICA
March 19 | March 26 | April 2, 2021
8pm E.S.T. 7pm C.S.T. 5pm P.S.T.
- A FREE VIRTUAL SEMINAR -
The purpose of this seminar is to inform spiritual and civic leaders, activists and potential advocates on the subject of reparations. Despite the harsh pushback and criticisms, reparations is now being prescribed by a growing number of scholars, policymakers and clergy as the solution to socioeconomic justice for Black Americans (descendants of U.S. slavery, primarily). It is also believed to be the most appropriate way for the U.S. to atone for American slavery and the structural anti-black racism that followed, which still exists to this day. While the demands for reparations grows louder, ‘old thinking’ and misinformation continue to fog the discourse and subsequently the path forward. Therefore, this seminar aims to bring clarity to the discussion. Viewers will be provided with the foundational education needed to pick up where Dr. King left off to achieve the soul-ution for Black America: Reparations!
Provide the history of Black reparations in the U.S., what an effective plan looks like in the 21st century, why reparations is the soul-ution, and why the specificity of one’s racial/ethnic identity is paramount to the discussion.
Address the misinformation surrounding reparations using current scholarship.
Examine how U.S. slavery ties to America’s wealth - past and present - and to the current socioeconomic conditions of Black Americans.
Identify the biblical/spiritual principles that support reparations and the church’s role and responsibility in this movement.
Explore the political nature of reparations advocacy and ways to build allies.
Uncover the attitudes, beliefs and myths that are popular amongst Black Americans that may be antithetical to the pursuit of reparations.
Provide a Call to Action and next steps to becoming a reparations advocate.
How to Access
This seminar will be live-streamed for free through the Universal Foundation for Better Living's Facebook and YouTube channels. (Click on the logos.)
No registration is required for this event! However, you may need a Facebook or YouTube (Google) account in order to type in the live chat or leave a comment.
In addition, all sessions will be recorded and will be available as replays.
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Night #1 - March 19, 2021
A Conversation With the Scholars
Historians & Co-Authors of "From Here to Equality":
Dr. William "Sandy" Darity Jr., Ph.D., Economist
A. Kirsten Mullen, Folklorist/Writer
Night #2 - March 26, 2021
A Conversation With the Religious Leaders
The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Ph.D., Dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, and Author of "Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God"
The Rev. Dr. Eric Mason, D.Min., Founder and Lead Pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, and Author of "Woke Church: An Urgent Call for Christians in America to Confront Racism and Injustice"
The Rev. Dr. Curtiss DeYoung, Ed.D., Author and CEO of the Minnesota Council of Churches
Night #3 - April 2, 2021
A Conversation With the Activists
Activists, Strategists & Organizers ("Boots on the Ground"):
Ice Cube, Legendary Entertainer, and "Contract With Black America" Advocate - Los Angeles, CA
Tamara Johnson-Shealey, J.D., Former Candidate for the U.S. Senate - Atlanta, GA
Chris Lodgson, Organizer with the National Assembly of American Slavery Descendants (NAASD) - Sacramento, CA
Marlon Watson, 1st President of the American Descendants of Slavery (#ADOS) Chicago Chapter - Chicago, IL
Josh Gray-El, Correspondent of 'Be The Power' and the #ADOS DMV Chapter - Virginia Beach, VA
Book: "From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the 21st Century" (W. A. Darity Jr. & A. K. Mullen, 2020)
Research Study: "What We Get Wrong About Closing the Racial Wealth Gap" (W. Darity Jr., D. Hamilton, M. Paul, A. Aja, A. Price, A. Moore & C. Chiopris, 2018)
Article: "A Christian Call for Reparations" (K. Brown Douglas, July 2020)
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