MONTGOMERY, AL - The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University will host the fourth annual Robert and Jean Graetz Symposium on Human Rights and Reconciliation Monday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This year's theme is "Yesterday a Dream, Today a Hope, Tomorrow a Reality."
The public is invited to attend the free event.
"The Graetz Symposium is designed to stimulate action-oriented citizens to work toward reconciliation while examining factors that divide ethnic groups," said Gwen Boyd, staff associate for the National Center. "Its focus is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream of a ‘beloved community.'"
The symposium will feature presentations and lectures by Ms. Nontombi Naomi Tutu, human rights activist and daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Barbara Thompson, superintendent, Montgomery Public Schools; the Rev. Paul Britner, chair, Interfaith Montgomery; Mrs. Carole Burton, president, Patrons of the National Center; the Rev. Robert Graetz, consultant, National Center; the Rev. Kathy McFadden, Old Ship AME Zion Church; Dr. Dorothy Autrey, chair, ASU Department of History and Political Science; Dr. Howard Robinson, university archivist; and Dr. Janice R. Franklin, director, the National Center.
For more information, call (334) 229-4824 or (334) 229-4876.
The complete schedule is as follows:
Rabbi Scott Kramer, Agudath Israel Synagogue
Dr. Dorothy Autrey, Program Chair, the National Center
Carole Burton, president, Patrons of the National Center
Occasion and Tribute to Dr. Martin L. King, Jr.
Rev. Robert Graetz, consultant, the National Center
Introduction of Speaker
Rev. Kathy McFadden, Old Ship AME Zion Church
Ms. Nontombi Naomi Tutu, human rights activist
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1 – 2 p.m.
"Searching for the Beloved Community"
Dr. Howard Robinson, university archivist/facilitator
"In our Schools" Barbara Thompson, superintendent, Montgomery Public Schools
"In our Faith Communities" Rev. Paul Britner, chair, Interfaith Montgomery
2 - 2:15 p.m.
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
The Great Debates, II Resolved: "Racial integration is the most effective method of achieving a post-racist society" ASU Debate Teams, Dr. Carlos Morrison, adviser
Expressions of Thanks
Dr. Janice R. Franklin, director, the National Center
Rev. Paul Gourdine, Dexter Avenue United Methodist Church