Oct 7, 2016
The Community Forum was held on Thursday, October 6, 2016, at All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The forum was to educate people about racism, inspire people to take action, and encourage them to engage in the second civil rights movement that is taking place, right now, in our city, and in our nation. We invite white people, and our friends of color, to listen to African American and white leaders in our community who are actively doing the work to break down systemic racism. The focus of this program is the role of white people in the work of combating racism.
Kristen Oertel, Ph.D. teaches the Civil War and Reconstruction, African-American history, the history race and gender in America, and the history of sexuality at the University of Tulsa. She writes about how race and gender influenced social and cultural relations in the 19th century, especially during the Civil War era. Oertel's most recent book, Harriet Tubman: Slavery, the Civil War, and Civil Rights in the 19th Century, chronicles the life of this iconic leader of the Underground Railroad.
Marq Lewis is the founder of We the People Oklahoma, a grassroots organization focused on transparency and accountability from public officials and law enforcement. We the People Oklahoma works on behalf of the citizens of Oklahoma, giving a voice for positive change. Lewis is a social activist on the local and national stage. He was recently honored with a United Nations Association Humanitarian award, and named 2015 Tulsan of the Year, as well as one of the four Oklahomans of the year.
Rev. Dr. Rodney Goss is the Senior Pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church. Rev. Goss currently serves as the Vice-chairman for the Hattiesburg, MS chapter of the NAACP's Religious Affairs Committee. Rev. Goss earned his Doctorate and Master of Theology degrees from Andersonville Theological Seminary in Camilla, GA, graduating Magna Cum Laude in both degrees. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Education from Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, MS.
Rev. Barbara Prose came to All Souls in 2011 and has served as the Executive Director of Ministry since 2014. Rev. Prose has more than twenty years of social justice experience, which includes immigration rights, reproductive justice, and racial justice. She was honored to receive the Unitarian Universalists Association’s Social Justice Sermon award for her work in immigration in 2013. Rev. Prose serves on the board for the Tulsa YWCA, whose mission is to eliminate racism and empower women.
Chad Johnson, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Human Relations and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma, Schusterman Center. In 2011, he directed a Tulsa-wide survey on race relations and the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot for the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. In 2014, he published the 3-volume Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology. He actively engages in advocacy and facilitates training in racial justice, human rights, and LGBTQ issues.
Justice Waidner-Smith is a Diversity and Inclusion professional, racial justice advocate, and All Souls board member. Justice came to All Souls more than 25 years ago and has served as a facilitator for Rewire, a racial identity group for white people to unlearn racism. She currently serves on the All Souls Intercultural Advisory Board and Personnel Committee and as the President of the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation.
Rev. Chris Moore is the Senior Minister at Fellowship Congregational United Church of Christ. Chris received his BA in English from the University of Oregon and an Masters of Divinity from Phillips Theological Seminary. He serves on the boards of JustHope, a Tulsa-based nonprofit working to create sustainable partnerships in Nicaragua, and ACTION (Allied Communities of Tulsa Inspiring Our Neighborhoods), a community organizing institution.
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