Wednesday, September 30, 2015

UIS Speaker Series explores the "Importance of Nonviolent Protests to Oppose Racial Injustice"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents a discussion on “The Importance of Nonviolent Protests to Oppose Racial Injustice in Ferguson” featuring first-hand witnesses and participants in the Ferguson civil rights protests, Pastor Cori Bush and Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou. The discussion will be moderated by UIS associate professor Roxanne Marie Kurtz.

WHEN: Friday, October 16, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Inspiring and internationally recognized speakers and civil rights activists with deep ties to the St. Louis area, Pastor Cori Bush and Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou seek an ethical path to change.

On the frontlines of the Ferguson protests, Bush reports being assaulted by police as she provided medical care to protestors. Sekou was arrested as he prayed with other clergy who had gathered. Bush and Sekou contend that only nonviolent citizen-led civil rights actions against social, political, and law enforcement practices that have shaped and sustained patterns of deep racial injustice in Ferguson can achieve the change that justice demands.

Bush is the pastor of Kingdom Embassy International, a member of Ferguson’s Women’s Caucus, a registered nurse and a daily Ferguson activist. Sekou, called to Ferguson by the interfaith peace Fellowship of Reconciliation, is a Harvard-educated theologian, author and former visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Education and Research Institute.

This lecture-discussion is part of the events leading up to the One Book, One UIS Keynote event with Congressman John Lewis on Oct. 19.

A list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events can be found at All events are free and open to the public.

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