February 25, 2017 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Let's face it: How Communities Remember & Repair Racial Trauma
Each February ABHM invites the greater Milwaukee community to its Founder's Day Gathering for Racial Repair and Reconciliation. We choose themes that advance understanding of America's racial past and how to move into a more just and peaceful future. For 2017 we plan a day-long gathering to focus on emerging strategies that acknowledge and heal racial trauma with the help of numerous speakers. Because ABHM's founder was a victim of lynching, a common form of violent anti-black social control from the 1880s to 1940s -- and because the recent deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Dontre Hamiltron and many others at the hands of vigilantes and police trigger memories of that traumatic time, most strategies we will bring to the table center on lynching commemoration. Among the questions to be explored: Should our country acknowledge and commemorate the most disturbing chapters of its racial history? How might commemorating trauma experiences help--or hurt -- victims, perpetrators, and bystanders; what is ethical? What roles should museums and other institutions play in the work of memory and racial healing?
Centennial Hall-Milwaukee Public Library
733 N 8th St
Milwaukee WI, 53233
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