Voices of the Black Experience

Deepening in Color: Voices of the Black Experience

A monthly, online dialog sponsored by UUCMC’s Racial Justice Task Force and Social Action Film Series with various guests sharing what it is like to be living as a Black person in America today.  Audience members are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

May 23, 2021                                                  Click here to view the video.

Inis Hennessy, Sondra Thompson, and Rev. Kerwin Webb share the history of Samuel ‘Mingo Jack’ Johnson, the victim of the only recorded lynching that took place in NJ.  They share how a memorial stone was placed for him in 2012 and the work that the New Jersey Social Justice Remembrance Coalition is doing in order to place a historical marker from the Equal Justice Initiative at the site of the lynching. They also share with us some of the history of racial terror that took place in Monmouth County and the roles that places like The Parker Family Clinic and Lunch Break had in bringing the community together.

April 25, 2021                                                  Click here to view the video.

A discussion about Bryan Stevenson’s documentary True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality with special guest Jennifer Lewinski. Jennifer shares her experience visiting The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and her work with the Asbury Park Transformative Justice Project. Dr. Carol Penn, moderator.

March 28, 2021                                               Click here to view the video.

A conversation with a young activist Amiri Tulloch and his work toward eliminating structural racism. Dr. Carol Penn, moderator.

February 21, 2021                                          Click here to view the video.

While this series is primarily about individual experiences with racism, this month we focused on Malcolm X, who has been much-maligned by the dominant (ie, white) narrative. However, his contributions to the struggle for racial justice in the US are significant. Dr. Carol Penn, moderator.

January 24, 2021                                            Click here to view the video.

While this series is primarily about individual experiences with racism, this month we focused on Malcolm X, who has been much-maligned by the dominant (ie, white) narrative. However, his contributions to the struggle for racial justice in the US are significant. Dr. Carol Penn, moderator.

December 6, 2020                                          Click here to view the video.

This month we hear further from Isis Ra and Gillian, along with actor, storyteller, and writer Lorraine Stone, all exploring the meaning of justice – through poetry, prose, music, song, and art.

Voices of Black Experience: Inspiring Us to Resist the New Jim Crow

In February 2017, UUCMC hosted a forum to learn about some of the injustices of the prison industrial complex and how we could help. Distinguished guests shared their stories with us.

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