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Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America




Thanks to Walden Media and Dr. Randy Testa for making this trailer available. The Watsons Go to Birmingham was screened at the State of Racism event. 

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and other important milestones in the civil rights movement, The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Mississippi hosted a 90-minute forum, Fifty Years Later: The State of Racism in America, live-streamed from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi, on November 15, at 2 p.m. (EST).

Watch the webcast on-demand here.

Ray Suarez, host of ‘Inside Story’ on Al Jazeera America, moderates the event, and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori delivers the keynote address.

The first panel discussion, “Racism in America Today: Why Does It Persist?” features:

The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry, bishop of the Diocese of North Carolina

Ms. Myrlie Evers-Williams, journalist and widow of slain civil-rights leader Medgar Evers

The Hon. William F. Winter, former governor of Mississippi and founder of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Panelists on the second topic, “Racism in America’s Future: Where Is There Hope for Change?” include:

The Hon. Byron Rushing, Massachusetts state representative, civil-rights leader, and vice president of The Episcopal Church’s House of Deputies

Dr. Randy Testa, author, Vice President of Education at Walden Media, LLC

Dr. Erma J. Vizenor, chairwoman of White Earth Band of Ojibwe, educator, and community organizer

Tim Wise, educator and author of Colorblind (City Lights, 2010), White Like Me (Soft Skull Press, 2008), and Affirmative Action (Routeledge, 2005)

On November 16, faith leaders and educators gathered at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral to discuss and create curriculum and tools on the topics raised in the forum. Resources such as bibliography, on-demand video, materials for community and individual review, discussion questions, and lesson plans will be available.

For more information, please contact the Rev. Angela Ifill, officer for Black Ministries.