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The Second Tuesday Race Forum is a place to learn about Race in our lives through monthly conversations about Race. Look at the pictures from our meetings and have a look around the site; at About Us, at the Blog and the Resources Pages.

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Talking about Race can be a scary thing. We can't promise you will always be comfortable, but we can say that you will be safe from harm.

Please note the following schedule change for October.

• Our meeting in October will be the third Tuesday, October 21.

• On the second Tuesday, October 14, we would like you to come to the History Colorado Center for the first community conversation supporting the exhibit RACE: Are We So Different? Harold Fields will be moderating the panel that evening. That is why we are moving our meeting -- Harold can't do both!

More details will be posted very soon.

Please see http://historycoloradocenter.org/exhibits/race/

 

One year ago this month we were discussing the killing of Trayvon Martin. This year the headlines have been dominated by the shooting of Michael Brown and the protests in Ferguson, Missouri. When you consider the extra judicial killings of hundreds of other young people of color, it seems like we are looping again and again. A recent poll conducted by the Pew Research Center showed that blacks are about twice as likely to say that the shooting of Michael Brown “raises important issues about race that need to be discussed.”

Why does this gulf in attitude continue to persist? Is it growing or shrinking? What are the factors that contribute to such different perceptions of reality? What are some steps to help us get in the same page?

This month we will explore this persistence and look for strategies to change the cultural chasms coming from 400 years of history.

FILM

Dr. Angela Davis and Dr. Vincent Harding

 

Sunday, August 24 - 2:00 pm           Mercury Café, 2199 California St.

Spirit of Struggle -- Our Work for Liberation Continues

A videotape of a dialogue between these two celebrated civil rights activists. This event occurred in Denver to commemorate the Loretto Community's 200th year Jubilee.

Moderator: Brother Jeff

$5 suggested donation

Dr. Angela Davis: Scholar, political activist, educator. In the late 1960s Ronald Reagan, then Governor of California, tried to have her banned from teaching anywhere in the state of California. He failed. Recently Davis retired from the University of California at San Diego. Committed to the prison rights movement and calls for the abolition of the prison-industrial complex.

The late Dr. Vincent Harding: Historian, political activist, educator. Close ally of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Wrote the first draft of King's renowned speech opposing the Vietnam War at Riverside Church, New York City. Harding was the first Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Central for Social Change, and was the Founding Director of the Institute of the Black World, both based in Atlanta. Retired from the Iliff School of Theology, based at the University of Denver.

This event is sponsored by the Colorado Committee on Africa and the Caribbean, Critical Social Issues and the Service Learning Center at Regis University.

Contact: (303) 329-5881

Please visit our websites :. .. . .

www.tinyurl.com/coloradocommittee

www.tinyurl.com/criticalsocialissues

 

MEMORIAL SERVICES FOR VINCENT GORDON HARDING

Denver, Colorado - July 25-26, 2014

Dear Friends,

The Veterans of Hope Project, the Iliff School of Theology and the Harding family are jointly

sponsoring a memorial weekend in honor of Vincent Gordon Harding on July 25-26, 2014 in

Denver, Colorado. Dr. Harding, who passed on May 19, 2014, was an historian, writer, teacher,

counselor and longtime activist for social justice. Please join with us to honor his life, his work and his spirit of advocacy and community-building.

Vincent and his first wife, Rosemarie Freeney Harding (who died in 2004), were organizers in the southern freedom movement where they were friends and colleagues of Rev. Dr. Martin and Coretta

King. Vincent directed and/or co-founded several institutions, including Mennonite House in Atlanta, Georgia; the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change; the Institute of the Black World; and the National Council of Elders. At his death, Vincent was professor emeritus at the Iliff School of Theology where he and Rosemarie founded and co-chaired the Veterans of Hope Project, a 501c3 interdisciplinary initiative on religion, culture and social justice history, directed by their niece, Gloria, and daughter, Rachel, for the past 12 years.

Dr. Harding is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Aljosie Aldrich Harding, a co-worker at the Institute of the Black World from 1970-1974. For the last four years they were partners in life and work. They worked together at various conferences, programs and colleges throughout the United States and in 2012 were part of the Dorothy Cotton Institute Delegation to Palestine/Israel. Aljosie Aldrich Harding and Vincent Gordon Harding were married December 21, 2013 in Atlanta. Dr.

Harding is also survived by his daughter, Dr. Rachel E. Harding; his son, Mr. Jonathan Harding; niece Gloria Smith and many other friends and family. Please see the link to a New York Times article for more on Vincent’s life. Vincent Harding - New York Times.

The details of the memorial weekend are:

July 25, 2014, Friday, 5-8 pm, at the Iliff School of Theology – Shattuck Hall – 2201 S. University Blvd., Denver, Colorado. Join us for a community reception and an opportunity to share reminiscences and stories with friends and family members.

July 26, 2014, Saturday, 4-7 pm, at New Hope Baptist Church, 3701 Colorado Blvd., Denver, Colorado. This will be a richly multicultural, interfaith celebration of Vincent Harding’s life, work and spirit.

Please come to be with us – share your stories and join in our celebration of a beautiful life.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to vohproject@iliff.edu. Please include your contact (email/phone) information. Please also let us know if you need any special accommodations.

For more information please contact Dr. Carolyn Love at the Veterans of Hope Project, 303-765-3198 or vohproject@iliff.edu.

Peace,

Dr. Rachel E. Harding, Ms. Gloria Smith and the Memorial Planning Team

The Veterans of Hope Project

2201 South University Blvd

Denver, CO 80210

As many of you know our June meeting is traditionally the Juneteenth celebration of the slaves in Texas finally getting word of the Emancipation Proclamation. I am sorry that I need to cancel the meal this year. I’ve been so engaged in the planning for Dr. Vincent Harding’s memorials and family remembrances that I have delayed the planning for Juneteenth too long. John Ferguson will be out of town. And I am pretty exhausted. So we will start our summer break a month earlier this year.

I want to thank all of you for being part of a great season of enlightening and deeply meaningful conversations and exploration of race. I am also grateful for the new voices that have joined the discussions this year. We will continue in September with another series of challenging topics. This month I will be attending A Gathering of Leaders Conference in Oakland that focuses on boys and men of color. I expect to give you a full report. See http://www.agatheringofleaders.org/#movement    for more information.

In the meantime, I recommend taking a look at a recent issue of The Atlantic Magazine which has a compelling piece, “The Case for Reparations,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. It is a great review of history that connects the dots of oppression in America to today’s reality. You can read it online at: http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/05/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

I also want you to know that a memorial service for Dr. Harding is scheduled for July 25-26. It will be a two part event with the first evening a community sharing and reception. The next day will be a more formal ecumenical, multicultural celebration of his life and accomplishments. In August there will be a similar celebration in Atlanta. I will send out a message and post details on our website when we finish the details.

Have a great summer!

Harold Fields