The late Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that “the sons of former slaves and slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.”
This year’s Dialogue on Race Week program, Nov. 6-10 at EMU, will invite participants to come together and to address the legacy of slavery in the United States and to work at the healing process.
A short video that documents a pilot event in which the descendants of slaves and slave owners came together to work at the healing process will be shown during university chapel 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Emu’s Lehman Auditorium. The documentary was produced by Shannon and Chandra Lanier. Shannon Lanier is a descendant of Sally Hemings, a slave at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, and author of “Jefferson’s Children.” It is part of the “Coming to the Table” project that has been housed in the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding‘s Practice Institute.
Will Hairston, grounds supervisor at EMU and a descendant of one of the largest slave-owning families in Virginia, and Shannon Lanier will lead a discussion following the video presentation.
Later Wednesday evening, WORSHIP 808 will host a