Stop The Hate/Unity Rally
Stop the Hate is part of a national effort calling for people of good will to act nonviolently as agents of healing in their communities, to speak up for the victims of hatred and intimidation, and to raise a united voice against hate-inspired violence. The national rallies began the year after the hate crimes and killings of James Byrd and Matthew Shepard in 1998. Each year, in October, several organizations, including CARE, the CommUnity Zone, and local church groups join Bucknell University to stand in solidarity in support of a better world.
The CommUnity Zone in collaboration with CARE (Community Alliance for Respect & Equality) and Keystone Progress, is facilitating round-table discussions regarding racial justice in the Central Susquehanna Valley. We are exploring way to encourage people to become more engaged in the community regarding issues of racial injustice and what changes need to be made. Other goals include finding the training needed to reduce institutional inequities.
Race in the Arts
We worked with the Campus Theatre and staged a play entitled “My Soul Looked Back and Wondered” written by Derek W. Scott. This theatrical production is written in two acts. It centers on the African American experience in the United States of America. The play begins with the capture and sale of men and women of color during colonial times, and ends with the Rev. Martin L. King’s “Mountaintop” speech. Audiences will gain insight into the mindset of different African-American historical figures throughout the course of history.