Reflections on Charleston: A Conversation on Faith and Race

Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 7:00pm
Location: Page Auditorium

UPDATE: You can now watch a recording of the full program on the Franklin Humanities Institute's YouTube channel:

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The June 17th, 2015 killing of nine members of a Bible study group at the oldest African Methodist Episcopal Church in the South, “Mother Emanuel” of Charleston, South Carolina, launched a national conversation on faith and race.  Members of the Duke community and the general public are invited to join the dialogue at Reflections on Charleston. This event is part of the John Hope Franklin Afro-Diasporic Legacies Series at the Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University.

Arts & Sciences Dean Valerie Ashby will welcome Jennifer Pinckney, widow of the pastor Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney, joined by two of Pinckney’s closest friends, Rev. Chris Vaughn and Duke Divinity School alumnus Rev. Kylon Middleton, Ph.D., who have both been instrumental in the establishment of the charitable organization, The Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Foundation. Rev. Eboni Marshall Turman, Ph.D. of the Duke Divinity School’s Office of Black Church Studies, will moderate the conversation on the violence that targeted the sanctuary, and on the challenging trajectory of healing.  

This program on human rights in the humanities is sponsored by the Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) with the Pauli Murray Project at the Duke Human Rights Center@FHI, the Office of Black Church Studies at the Duke Divinity School, the Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity (DCORE), and the Duke Chapel.