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Anti-racism activist keynotes in Charlotte
Tim Wise concludes 'Souls of White Folks' project
Published Wednesday, January 16, 2013 2:22 am
by Staff Reports

Mecklenburg Ministries, in partnership with Trinity Episcopal School, invites the public to hear from Tim Wise, prominent anti-racist writer and educator, on Jan. 17, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 East Morehead St.  

This community luncheon is the culmination of seven years of Mecklenburg Ministries’ “Souls of White Folks” project which has brought hundreds of clergy and laity, congregations and organizations together to explore issues of race, power and privilege, and then to develop projects with their constituency to help address these issues.

 Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” Wise will discuss racial disparity in our community, in our schools, and in our houses of faith and provide steps for uprooting racism, privilege and institutional inequity.  Wise has spoken on more than 800 college and high school campuses, in all 50 states and to community groups across the nation on issues of comparative racism, race and education, and religion and institutions. Wise has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs, is a regular contributor to discussion about race on CNN, and author of six books, including “White Like Me.”

“As a Southern city, Charlotte has come so far in addressing the issues of systemic racism, but we still have such a long way to go” Mecklenburg Ministries Executive Director Maria Hanlin said. “Mecklenburg Ministries is committed to begin the New Year and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend with this challenging community conversation as part of our continuing commitment to build greater interracial trust in our community.  The public is invited to understand the impact of racism on their lives and in our cities, no matter what their skin color…..and then work together to dismantle racism in our community.”

At the January 17 lunch, Mecklenburg Ministries will be launching book studies on Wise’s book, White Like Me and invite those present to sign up for upcoming book studies. An RSVP is necessary by going to  meckmin@meckmin.org and indicate if you are buying lunch ($6) and includes soup, salad, entrée, dessert and drink.

Wise will also participate in the school’s annual Freedom Fete celebration in the gymnasium. Admission is free, but seating is limited. RSVP www.tescharlotte.org/TimWise.


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