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A side note:

Mr. Willie Louis, a witness to Emmett Till's murder, died on July 18.

His obituary appeared in the Chicago Tribune the day after the Pero Center sponsored conversation about race.


 

 

Pero Multicultural Center Conversation about Race

LSTC Common Room

July 23, 2013

Speakers

Pastor Kevin Baker, Grace Lutheran Church, Elmwood Park, Ill.
Mr. Louis Martin, civil rights attorney

Facilitators

Dr. Linda Thomas, professor of theology and anthropology, LSTC
Mr. Vance Blackfox, director of Youth in Mission, LSTC

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1) Introductions – Cheryl Pero, Director of the Albert “Pete” Pero Multicultural Center. (1:35) [Download and listen to MP3 file] Or press the arrow below to begin streaming audio.

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The program begins with those in attendance watching President Obama’s talk about Trayvon Martin


2) Introductory comments by Linda E. Thomas, Professor of Theology and Anthropology. Remarks by the Rev. Kevin Baker and attorney Louis Martin. (27:48) [Download and listen to MP3 file] Or press the arrow below to begin streaming audio.

Book references:
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone
Two Nations by Andrew Hacker

“Lament from a White Father”  July 15, 2013, Sojourners blog post by Jim Wallis

"Thoughts on a complex issue" by the Rev. Kevin Baker

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3) Linda E. Thomas continues conversation. There are comments by Pat Bartley and some of the teenagers who attended. (19:41)
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4) The session breaks into small groups for a few minutes and then people report on some of the things they’ve learned. (6:20)
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5) Further comments about prejudice, bias, and justice by Linda E. Thomas. (10:09)
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6) Vance Blackfox speaks about his experience in the ELCA as a leader who is often "the only person in the room who is a Native person" and growing in relationship with people who are different than he is. Cheryl Pero closes the conversation with prayer. (11:17)
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About our speakers

Kevin Baker graduated from LSTC in 2012 and is serving as pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, Elmwood Park, IL Read more.

Attorney Louis Martin has served as the chief executive officer of human rights agencies in three states. Having managed anti-discrimination enforcement, affirmative action and contract compliance, where he recognized the critical need for human resource and legal training for employers and their employees. He is the spouse of recent LSCT graduate Vikki Ward Martin.

Cheryl Pero is director of LSTC's Albert "Pete" Pero Jr. Multicultural Center. She organized the first conference for ordained Black women at LSTC in 1982, is a pastor in the ELCA and is the first African Descent Lutheran woman to earn a Ph.D. in biblical studies (LSTC class of 2010). In 2013 she published Liberation from Empire: Demonic Possession and Exorcism in the Gospel of Mark (Peter Lang Publishing, Inc.)

Linda E. Thomas is professor of theology and anthropology at LSTC. Her work focuses on the intersection and mutual influence of culture and religion. She leads LSTC's Diversity Committee. Read more.

Vance Blackfox is director of LSTC's Youth in Mission program, which provides cultural immersion, urban immersion, basics of theology and social justice, and a new understanding of mission for senior high youth. Read more.


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