May 11, 2022

Voices Envisioned

Eric K. Ward

PURSUING AN INCLUSIVE DEMOCRACY: CHALLENGES & TRIUMPHS OF COALITION BUILDING with

ERIC K. WARD
MON, MAY 23 | 7pm

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All attendees must present proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within the previous 48 hours. Masks are required for all audience members; event presenters will be mask-optional.

Following on Jaime’s most recent community message, all are invited to learn and share about the power of coalition-building and the relationships between various forms of racism and bigotry. We are excited to welcome Eric K. Ward for a community conversation that will touch on the challenges of living in a multicultural society, the discomfort and ambiguities of engaging in DEI work, and the triumphs that happen when we come together to educate ourselves against all forms of oppression. 

Eric K. Ward is a nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy, and is the recipient of the 2021 Civil Courage Prize—the first American in the award’s 21-year history. In his 30+ year civil rights career, Eric has worked with community groups, government and business leaders, human rights advocates, and philanthropy as an organizer, director, program officer, consultant, and board member. Eric’s widely quoted writings and speeches are credited with key narrative shifts. He currently serves as Executive Director of Western States Center, a member of the President’s Leadership Council for the Search for Common Good, Chair of The Proteus Fund, and Advisor to the Center for Entertainment & Civic Health.

BUILDING COALITION FOR ABOLITION, LIBERATION AND BLACK JOY with DR. BETTINA LOVE

Culminating our amazing Black History Month acknowledgments, learnings, and celebrations will be a virtual visit from Dr. Bettina L. Love a courageous advocate and educator for reform, abolition and Black joy. In our theme of Building Coalition for Racial and Social Justice: past, present, and future, Oakwood is excited to engage with Dr. Love around the ways we can be co-conspirators within education. What does it look like to put something on the line for our students and our community? How can we carry the Black joy that we experienced during Black History Month into our entire school year? What must we understand about ourselves in order to truly embody education as a practice of freedom? Join us in unpacking these questions and more with Dr. Love, you won’t want to miss this valuable opportunity to connect with our community.

Resources:

Hip Hop, Grit, and Academic Success

We Want to Do More than Survive