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Struggle for Black Empowerment

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Struggle for Black Empowerment

Time: February 28, 2014 from 7pm to 9:30pm
Location: First Unitarian Church - Chapel
Street: 2125 Chestnut Street
City/Town: Philadelphia
Website or Map: http://www.philauu.org
Phone: (215) 563-3980
Event Type: workshop, film
Organized By: Former Settled Minister
Latest Activity: Feb 25, 2014

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Two shocks jolted the Unitarian Universalist Association soon after its formation. Both were related to the struggle for racial justice, but while one unified the denomination, sustaining its self-image of being on the right side of the struggle, the other shattered this easy assumption and inflicted wounds that still have not healed. First, in 1965, came the murder of the Rev. James Reeb, a Unitarian Universalist minister, while he was in Selma, Alabama, demonstrating for black civil rights. Second, only four years later, many black delegates and their white supporters walked out of the General Assembly in Boston to protest what they considered a racist vote. What had seemed so obvious after Selma—that in the fight for racial justice it was “us” (the good guys) vs. “them” (the racists)—suddenly wasn’t so obvious after all. The line between “us” and “them” no longer seemed so clear. Why? What had happened? Thirty years later, we’re still struggling with these and related questions. Ron Cordes filmed these interviews of many Unitarian Universalist leaders who lived through those complex times and created this essential historical record, a film called Wilderness Journey. Film showing sponsored by the Multicultural Ministry Team with discussion facilitated by Reverend Nate.

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