Please join us in welcoming William "Smitty" Smith, Ed.D., Founding Director of the National Center for Race Amity at Wheelock College for a special program about cross-racial and cross-cultural collaboration in U.S. movements for social and economic equity. Throughout U.S. history, courageous African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Euro Americans - including Jews - advocated and organized together for abolition, civil rights, and labor justice. Learn about this "other tradition" - a tradition that is often left out of our history books and conversations - of partnership in action, including the enduring friendship between Martin Luther King Jr. and Rabbi Abraham Heschel. A trailer of the upcoming (spring 2017) documentary for public television, An American Story: Race Amity and The Other Tradition will be shared during the presentation.
Smitty is an educator and media producer. He has served as the executive director for the Center for Diversity in the Communication Industries at Emerson College. Smitty worked as a community organizer in the civil rights movement, and he served as a platoon medic during the war in Vietnam after being drafted into the U.S. army despite his conscientious objection. Smitty has addressed issues of race and racial inclusion in his work with civil, philanthropic and religious organizations, including the Baha'is of the U.S., the National Association for Black Veterans, and the Africa Media Image Project. For more on William Smith click here.
Our morning also includes Sunday school and adult humanistic service.