“Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.”
~ Hannah Arendt
In an ethical world view, we are interconnected not only to those we meet in our daily lives, but also to those we will never meet — including those who live in the future. Just as those who lived before us have influenced our world, so we have some power to influence the future.
If our ethical view were to be only about reciprocity and quid pro quo, we couldn’t make promises to the future, because the future can’t return the favor. If we understand that those who came before us shaped our options today, sometimes limiting and sometimes expanding our choices, then we know we do have an effect on the future as well. So if we accept responsibility for the future, we need to move beyond an ethical view that is purely about reciprocity, expecting back in return for what we give.
Clergy Leader Jone Johnson will explore these themes in her next platform address.
Honoring Black History Month: Black women were among the courageous many who opposed the institution of slavery in America and worked for its end. They fought not only slavery, but assumptions that the speaker’s lectern was an unfit place for a woman, especially if the audience was mixed men and women, and assumptions that African Americans and former slaves were not fit for mixed racial company. Hear about some of the lesser-known women abolitionists (including Frances E. W. Harper and Charlotte Forten Grimké), plus a few most have heard of and can learn more about (Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth), and their contributions to the anti-slavery movement of their day.
The Charley Horwitz Memorial Platform: 11am – 12:30pm
This Memorial Platform is held to honor the life and work of a devoted community organizer, civil rights’ activist, labor lawyer and international humanitarian. Charley Horwitz moved to Mississippi from Chicago in 1964 to work for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Council of Federated Organizations and the Delta Ministry of the National Council of Churches. He was President of the Board of Trustees at Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and Chair of its Ethical Action Committee. Charley also served on the Executive Committee of Brooklyn for Peace and initiated the Israel/Palestine Committee after he and several SNCC organizers visited the Palestine occupied territories in Gaza in 2005.
“Stepping Up Our Organizing Skills” — a teach-in and awards program: 2 – 4pm
The Du Bois Bunche Center for Public Policy & The Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture co-host a special awards program and teach-in*
“Stepping Up Our Organizing Skills”
Program will honor local activists, organizers, and scholars, who will lead a discussion about ‘leveling up’ our organizing methods and opportunities.
Featuring: Dr. John Flateau, Professor Aldon Morris, Rebecca Lurie, Joey Pressley, Sister Bisi, Greg Todd, Elvira Basevich, Nola Asantewaa, Mark Winston Griffith among others.
Celebrate the accomplishments of our honorees and share the passion and commitment of community organizers.
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Featured Speaker: Aldon Morris is the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and the author of The Scholar Denied where he argues that W.E.B. Du Bois was the founder of modern America sociology and that his contributions to the field were suppressed for decades due to institutional racism. Born in Tutwiler, Mississippi, Morris experienced Jim Crow racism and segregation and the lynching of 14-year old Emmett Till.
The Charley Horwitz Platform is held annually to honor the life and work of a devoted community organizer, civil rights activist, labor lawyer and international humanitarian.
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