On Tuesday, February 21, GAPP is pleased to be partnering with Anderson Churches for Racial Unity (ACRU) and Rethinking Racism to present Race & Racism in Cincinnati. The event will be held from 7:00-8:30 PM at Faith United Church of Christ, 6886 Salem Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45230. This program is free and open to the public.
Presenters for this program are Troy Jackson, PhD, Director of AMOS, and Elizabeth Hopkins, as Organizer with AMOS. Dr. Jackson, a historian, will chart the story of African Americans in Cincinnati, in the free state of Ohio but bordering the slave state Kentucky, from the era of slavery into the 21 century. His story includes both the ugliness of slavery and racial hatred, and the challenges and successes of the African American community building a life together. Ms. Hopkins will address some of the current realities for African Americans in Cincinnati. Their presentations will be followed by dialogue facilitated by the Rethinking Racism team. Adults and high school students are encouraged to attend. RSVP online at ijpccincinnati.org or by phone at 513-579-8547.
Anderson Churches for Racial Unity was formed in 2015 as a response to the shooting deaths of 9 African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina. Since October 2015, ACRU and GAPP have presented eight programs on racial justice in Anderson Township and Mt. Washington.
In 2016, Rethinking Racism held eight dialogue sessions to bring people together for critical conversations about racism. This event is the first for 2017, continuing the commitment to creating safe spaces for people to come together to address racism and its effects. Rethinking Racism is a collaborative effort of the Office of Human Relations for the City of Cincinnati, Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC), and several other outstanding organizations in the city.
Future programming by GAPP and ACRU will include: a screening and discussion of the film 13th in April; and a commemoration of the second anniversary of the Charleston shootings in June. Exact dates and locations TBD.