Lift Every Voice Conference

Event starts: Thu, 02/28/2019 - 8:00am

Lift Every Voice: Racism and Reconciliation

Date: February 28

- Danford Thomas Lecture, 4:00 PM, Ward Room in the Ensor Learning Resource Center

- Public Forum with Kiara Boone, Dr. Brad Stone and Keturah Herron, 7:00 PM, Ward Room in the Ensor Learning Resource Center

Lift Every Voice: Racism and Reconciliation is the theme for an important and timely Georgetown College conference on progress in achieving social and racial justice. It is being held Feb. 28 and March 1. Issues of systemic racism, racial bias in the prison system, and efforts to bring these injustices to light and correction will be discussed during various presentations to students and at public forums to which all members of the community are invited.

The conference is intended to be one of engagement, empowering participants to deal with complexity, diversity, and change. It takes its lead from The Equal Justice Initiative created by Bryan Stevenson in Montgomery, Al., a nonprofit organization that “challenges poverty and racial injustice, advocates for equal treatment in the criminal justice system, and creates hope for marginalized communities,” according to its web site. A widely acclaimed public interest lawyer, Stevenson is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy.

In preparation for the Life Every Voice conference, students are being invited to submit essays and artistic creations related to the conference theme. They will be recognized at a ceremony during the conference.

Brad Elliott Stone, a 1997 graduate of Georgetown College who is now a professor of Philosophy and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University, will be the featured speaker for the conference. He will also make presentations to student classes both days and will deliver the College’s 2019 Danford Thomas Memorial Lecture at 4 p.m. on Feb. 28, to which the public is invited. Dr. Stone is rated one of America’s 300 Best Professors by The Princeton Review.

Joining Dr. Stone in classroom presentations and on a public forum at 7 p.m. on Feb. 28 will be Kiara Boone, Deputy Director of Community Education for the Equal Justice Initiative. Prior to joining EJI, she worked with the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, DC, and managed support for community development in Florida for the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund.

The panel discussion on racism and reconciliation that evening will include both Dr. Stone and Ms. Boone as well as local NAACP field organizer Keturah Herron. Also at that time, Georgetown College students will be honored for their essays and artistic creations related to the conference theme with awards given for those chosen from among submitted entries.

Both the Danford Thomas Memorial Lecture and the evening panel discussion on Feb. 28 are open to the public. The sessions will be held in the Ward Room of the Ensor Learning Resource Center on the main campus. The Ensor Learning Resource Center is located near the intersection of South Mulberry and East College Streets in Georgetown.

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