Release date: Jan. 29, 2001
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Emory Hosts Multi-Campus Forum on
As part of its Year of Reconciliation, Emory University will host the
first in a series of multi-campus forums called "Hearings for Healing:
Testimonies on Racism and Reconciliation," from 7-9 p.m. Monday,
Feb. 12. The event will be moderated by Johnnetta Cole, Presidential
Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Emory. Among the first "testifiers"
will be civil rights pioneer C.T. Vivian and former Georgia legislator
Dan E. Ponder.
Also participating will be a panel of student testifiers drawn from
Emory, Agnes Scott College, Clark Atlanta University, Georgia State
University and Georgia Institute of Technology. The evening will offer
a truth-and-reconciliation process in addressing issues of racism, based
on a testimony format, with student panelists following keynote testifiers
Vivian and Ponder.
The forum will be held in Winship Ballroom of the Dobbs University Center,
605 Asbury Circle on the Emory campus. Admission is free. Parking is
available in the Peavine visitors lot on Fraternity Row. For more information
Called a leader in the vanguard of the civil rights movement, Vivian
has been featured as an activist and analyst in the civil rights documentary,
"Eyes on the Prize," and has been profiled in a PBS special,
"The Health Ministry of Dr. C.T. Vivian." Ponder, a former
Republican representative from what he calls "an ultraconservative
rural district," spoke out last year moments after the Georgia
House voted to shelve a proposal to stiffen the penalties for hate crimes.
After his speech, which received two standing ovations, Republicans
and Democrats passed the bill by a vote of 116-49.
The event is being organized by The New Millennium, a group of academic,
corporate and community leaders convened to address issues of race that
continue to divide communities, institutions and work environments.
The group shares "the conviction that the new millennium provides
an unprecedented opportunity to assess and improve the effectiveness
of current anti-racism efforts and to implement new strategies towards
ending racism in the next generation."
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