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WHC's Fall Opener: Isabel Wilkerson

Seeking the Sacred: Journey to Justice

An Amram and Congregational Conversations Event with Author Isabel Wilkerson

Sunday, October 18 at 5:00 pm on Zoom
If you missed this keynote address and would like to request a link to view at home, please click here.

We launch our Congregational Conversation and this year’s Amram Scholar Series with an inspiring keynote from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson, whose new book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America.

Nominated for the National Book Award for nonfiction and selected by the Oprah Book Club, Caste shows how our lives today remain defined by a hierarchy of human divisions. “As we go about our daily lives, caste is the wordless usher in a darkened theater, flashlight cast down in the aisles, guiding us to our assigned seats for a performance,” she writes. “The hierarchy of caste is not about feelings or morality. It is about power—which groups have it and which do not.”

Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, Wilkerson explores eight pillars that underlie caste systems across civilizations, among them divine will, bloodlines, and stigma. Using riveting stories about people—including Martin Luther King Jr., baseball’s Satchel Paige, a single father and his toddler son, Wilkerson herself, and many others—she describes the ways that the insidious undertow of caste is experienced every day.

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Presented in memory of Nick Kotz and his passion for equality.

 

Congregational Conversations

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A Congregational Conversation

As America confronts racial inequity in its criminal justice system and clashing protests face off on city streets, we embark on a Congregational Conversation that has never felt more urgent. This fall, in partnership with Shiloh Baptist Church, John Wesley AME Zion Church, Contee AME Zion Church, and Howard University Divinity School, we will examine historic and contemporary racial injustice in our nation and work to find a path to help repair our world. With each other and with our partners in the Black faith community, we will explore, talk, listen, and do the important work that is critical to affect change.

We will be holding semi-monthly Congregational Conversations through the fall:

On Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 pm* we will gather (on Zoom) as a WHC community to continue the conversation of the themes discussed in Wilkerson's lecture.

We will also come together with our partners in the Black faith community to explore, learn, talk, and listen on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm.

To register for one or both of these discussions, please CLICK HERE.

*This discussion session is for members of the WHC community only. If you are participating in this program through another organization, please contact them to inquire about additional discussion opportunities for your community.