May 31, 2012
07:43 AM
Weekender

The politics of reconciliation

The politics of reconciliation

Dr. John Hope Franklin

I will never forget waking up nearly two months ago, turning on the Today Show and seeing that Tulsa was in the spotlight. Unfortunately for my beloved city, the news was negative, as five African Americans had been shot down in a killing rampage.

We all want to make the world a better place and, in many ways, we have come quite far. But in light of recent tragic events in Tulsa, it has become all too clear that we still have so very far to go when it comes to reconciliation.

Though not a direct result of these events, it seems fitting that the third annual Reconciliation in America Symposium is currently being held in Tulsa and is sponsored by our very own John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation. Being an election year, the symposium will have a special focus on the political dynamics of reconciliation.

The national symposium began yesterday and continues through tomorrow, June 1, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The keynote speaker, Rajmohan Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi and an internationally known scholar and reconciliation expert, will address those in attendance tonight at 5:30 p.m. with a reception at Philbrook Museum of Art to follow.  A number of other nationally recognized experts on reconciliation will also be featured throughout the symposium and guests will have the opportunity to attend workshops and a concluding luncheon featuring members of the Symposium’s National Advisory Panel.

John Hope Franklin said it best: “I think knowing one’s history leads one to act in a more enlightened fashion. I can not imagine how knowing one’s history would not urge one to be an activist.”

To register or see a complete schedule of events and more information, click here.

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