To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and other important milestones in the civil right movement, The Episcopal Church and the Diocese of Mississippi will host 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 live or on-demand here.
Questions may be emailed, prior to or during the forum, to Neva Rae Fox, The Episcopal Church’s Public Affairs officer.
Ray Suarez, PBS chief national correspondent, will moderate the event, and Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will deliver 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)