Hate Harms: Remembering Why We Remember the Civil Rights Movement


Traci West

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Traci West delivered the MLK Week Convocation at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at Escher Auditorium, Benedicta Arts Center, CSB. West, the James W. Pearsall Professor of Ethics and African-American Studies at Drew University Theological School in Madison, New Jersey, will speak on “Hate Harms: Remembering Why We Remember the Civil Rights Movement” on MLK Day.

West noted that people are often overwhelmed by deepening political divisions and moral conflicts, “especially the increased public expressions of hate and intolerance regarding race, religion, sexuality and national identity,” she said.

“As we seek inspiration and hope from recalling the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr. and other organizers of the civil rights movement, we must remember why they stood up against hate and social injustice,” West said. “We must remember how they refused to allow our nation to ignore the harmful consequences that injustice inflicts on the everyday lives of vulnerable people.”

West is the author of “Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women’s Lives Matter” (2006); “Wounds of the Spirit: Black Women, Violence and Resistance Ethics (1999) and editor of “Our Family Values: Same-sex Marriage and Religion (2006). She is also written articles on violence against women, racism, clergy ethics, sexuality and other justice issues in church and society.

In 2016, West received the inaugural Walter Wink Scholar Activist Award from Auburn Seminary, which recognizes “God’s troublemakers” and those whose scholarship makes a tangible, real difference to advance justice and peace in our world.

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