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A Quest for Redemption
March 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pmFree
One man’s shocking discovery of his family’s racist legacy. How would you respond?
In 2008, poet and essayist J. Chester Johnson was asked to write the Litany of Offense and Apology for a National Day of Repentance when the Episcopal Church formally apologized for its role in transatlantic slavery. In his research, he learned about the 1919 Elaine Massacre, in which more than 100 African-American men, women, and children were killed by white vigilantes and federal troops. Then, digging further, Johnson discovered that his beloved grandfather, who’d raised him during his Arkansas boyhood, had participated in the Massacre.
Join us for our next virtual meeting of REPAIR on Wednesday evening, March 24. You’ll meet Chester Johnson, author of Damaged Heritage, and hear about how he came to terms with a life-shattering revelation, including the relationship he eventually forged with Sheila L. Walker, a descendant of several victims of the Elaine Massacre. It’s a story of guilt, pain, and reconciliation that offers lessons for an entire nation grappling with a history of racism.
In an increasingly diverse America, race continues to divide us because of unconscious bias, willful blindness, deeply ingrained systems of oppression, and the burdens of history we have yet to address. Rivertowns Episcopal Parishes Action on Inclusion and Race (REPAIR) is a community of Westchester citizens determined to play our part in bringing healing and justice to our society . . . starting with the local Episcopal churches in which many of us worship. No religious affiliation or belief is necessary for participation.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET via Zoom – FREE
Zoom link is available at www.repairrivertowns.org, Schedule of Activities tab
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