On Our Way Rejoicing—A Journey Towards Equality

Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 1:00pm

One might argue the historian is the conscience of the nation, if honesty and consistency are factors that nurture the conscience.”
– John Hope Franklin

Since its inception, America has been struggling with issues of race. Despite our Founding Fathers’ declaration that “all men are created equal,” we know this has not been the case.

Famed historian John Hope Franklin (1915-2009) examines this phenomenon, particularly with regard to Thomas Jefferson, in one of his most celebrated works, Racial Equality in America.

We will explore this work as well as look at the issues raised from a Biblical perspective. Can America live up to its ideal of true equality for all? We will also look to other religious leaders, such as Bishop Tutu, for guidance on issues such as forgiveness, letting go of the past and acceptance.

Franklin authored numerous award-winning books. Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom among his many awards and accolades, he was a long-time Professor of History at Duke University where a center for reconciliation was created in his honor.

Date/time: Sunday, June 25, 1–2:15 pm
Facilitator: Paula Mays

Suggested Reading: Racial Equality in America by John Hope Franklin. 136 pages, revised 1993 edition preferred. Published by University of Missouri.

Suggested viewing: John Hope Franklin is well represented in videos available online, including extensive interviews and excerpts from PBS documentaries, including Tutu and Franklin: A Journey Towards Peace.

Open to all. RSVP required: [email protected]

  • Admission
    • Free: RSVP required
  • Dates Offered
    • June 25, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm