Reconciliation symposium celebrates a decade of dialogue
The annual symposium presented by the John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation is May 29-31.
Richard Baxter, founder of Racism Stinks and 2018 and 2019 symposium speaker; DeWayne Dickens, 2019 symposium chairman; and Sen. James Lankford, 2018 symposium speaker
For the past 10 years, the annual symposium presented by Tulsa’s John Hope Franklin Center for Reconciliation has explored how each of us can be change agents of reconciliation, says DeWayne Dickens, 2019 symposium chairman. The 10th annual symposium will focus on the impact of civic engagement and reconciliation on the survival of democracy.
“Civic engagement demands that we not only identify problems in our shared communities,” Dickens says, “but we must get involved by voting, letter writing, showing up to group meetings, communicating with our community and business leaders, and not being satisfied with just being on the sidelines of the change process. In order for our form of self-governance through democracy and representation to work, we must be civically engaged. We must add our voices to the conversation of decision making.”
The 2019 symposium features nationally known speakers on civic engagement, reconciliation, civil rights, identity and service. Keynote speaker and author Kenneth Morris is the great-great-great grandson of Frederick Douglass, leader of the Abolitionist Movement, and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington, the educator and orator who founded the Tuskegee Institute. Both men were ex-slaves who became prominent leaders for change for their communities and the country.
Morris continues his family’s legacy of anti-slavery and educational work as co-founder and president of the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that educates young people about all forms of forced servitude and inspires them to action.
Dickens says the symposium’s focus over three days is “to elevate the discussion of reconciliation in the midst of the ever-changing social climate within America” to create harmony between all people, despite their differences.
May 29-31 — 10th annual Reconciliation in America National Symposium
Hyatt Regency, 100 E. Second St. $249, general registration; $100, students; $150, single-day; $40, single-day lunch only. jhfcenter.org