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BLACK LIVES MATTER / BLACK QUAKER LIVES MATTER!


Our Annual Summer Presentation to the Global Community Join us online, Thursday, 29 July, 7 PM!


The BlackQuaker Project is excited to announce our virtual presentation, in partnership with Wellesley Friends Meeting, Black Lives Matter/Black Quaker Lives Matter!: Our Annual BlackQuaker Project Summer Report as part of the Wellesley Thursdays summer series. Our outreach and in-reach ministry is dedicated to celebrating the lives and contributions of Quakers of Color worldwide and documenting and addressing their concerns. Founded on the Quaker principles of Truth, Peace, Equality, Community, and Justice, we are a transnational Quaker ministry seeking the Light in a dynamic and growing global community. Join us over Zoom on Thursday, 29 July, at 7pm, to learn about the recent activities and research of our team and our forthcoming three-year thrust for further representation of Quakers of Color in the Religious Society of Friends and the greater transnational community.

Facilitated by Dr. Harold D. Weaver, our talented young team will showcase our pioneering, ongoing work, with video and other presentations from senior research assistant Susan Spina, Haverford College Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) summer interns Sarah Jennings and Charlotte E. McDermott, and video research assistant Cooper Vaughn. Topics include:

  • A look at our ever-expanding Quakers of Color International Archive (QCIA) at UMass Amherst, which documents the contemporary experiences of Quakers of Color around the world, including Asian Americans, Palestinians, Indigenous Latin Americans, Africans, and African Americans.

  • “Was Paul Robeson a Birthright Quaker?” An investigation into Paul Robeson’s African American Quaker ancestors, dating back to the 1700s.

  • “Housing Structural Violence against African Americans.” Systemic violence in housing, leading to the current vast racial wealth gap in the USA.

  • “Retrospective/Reparatory Justice among Quakers.” A case for a major commitment of the Religious Society of Friends and an educational program to learn about it.

The Zoom presentation will formally begin at 7 pm EDT but will open at 6:30 pm for informal interaction. Please invite Friends, friends of Friends, and others interested in the struggle for racial justice against white supremacy. Further information on how to join our Zoom meeting will arrive in the coming days. Please reach out to us at theblackquakerproject@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

Consider signing up for our mailing list to follow our ongoing work, including the expanding Quakers of Color International Archive.


--The BlackQuaker Project Team

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