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May 2020

Online Exhibition: Unfinished Business: The Long Civil Rights Movement

May 1, 2020 - April 30, 2021

Unfinished Business: The Long Civil Rights Movement, an exhibition curated by the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University (CSSJ) and presented on loan by the Center for Reconciliation (CFR), explores the Civil Rights Movement (The Southern Freedom Movement), a catalyst for social change in America that disrupted the legal system of Jim Crow and racial segregation. It was composed of ordinary Black women, men and children, many of whom placed their lives on the line to fight the laws of racial segregation. Unfinished Business tells the story of the relationship between the Black organizing tradition and the movement from the moment of emancipation until the presidential campaigns of Jesse Jackson. It is a story not often told, yet it is a necessary one for our times. In partnership with the CSSJ, the CFR is glad to share this gripping and timely exhibition through digital resources. Click here to view the exhibition installation, read the exhibition catalogue, watch panel discussions, and more!

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September 2020

How Do I Vote? How Do I Get Counted? And, Why Does It All Matter?

September 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

How Do I Vote? How Do I Get Counted? And, Why Does It All Matter?   Thursday, September 24, 5:00-6:00 pm Online event via Zoom Free / Donations Welcome Optional registration and donations via Eventbrite: https://cfrvoting.eventbrite.com   Join the Center for Reconciliation to learn all about participating in Rhode Island’s November 3 general election and ongoing federal census, two cornerstones of equity and justice in American society.   Confused about mail-in voting? Nervous you’ve missed a registration deadline? Not sure if you’ve already completed the census, or how to do so prior to the Sept. 30 deadline? Bring all your questions to our hour-long session, which will be moderated by retired Rhode Island judge and CFR Board Member the Hon. Edward C. Clifton and feature informative presentations from the League of Women Voters and Common Cause Rhode Island.   -------------- Participants may join the Zoom webinar either via video call or voice call. To attend the webinar via Zoom, please use this information: Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/94433985070?pwd=blIrVC8rczFtQ2FyTy9QVFRyS0pVdz09 Meeting ID: 944 3398 5070 Password: 433185 Call in number: +1 646 876 9923 US Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/abfjfMyaNj

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October 2020

Damaged Heritage: Presentation and Discussion with J. Chester Johnson

October 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Damaged Heritage: Presentation and Discussion with J. Chester Johnson Thursday, October 8, 5:00-6:00 pm EST Online event via Zoom The CFR is excited to welcome author J. Chester Johnson for a virtual presentation and discussion on his recent publication, Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and A Story of Reconciliation. A well-known poet, essayist, and translator, Johnson grew up one county removed from the Elaine Race Massacre site in southeast Arkansas along the Mississippi River Delta. He has written extensively on race and civil rights, composing the Litany for the National Day of Repentance (October 4, 2008) when the Episcopal Church formally apologized for its role in transatlantic slavery and related evils.   Stay tuned for registration and further details!

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