We are on the eve of the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington. As noted, that march in August 1963 addressed America’s persistent challenge to racial inequality and injustice. In addition, the March on Washington was a massive protest march in August 1963, when some 250,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to draw attention to continuing challenges and inequalities faced by African Americans a century after emancipation.
Moreover, it was also the occasion of Martin Luther King Jr.’s now-iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. The belief and power of religious and spiritual people uniting the country six decades ago is still a fundamental desire. The BIPOC Exchange has provided insightful discussions with its latest series.
In addition, last Thursday, the third episode of their series examines the movement by different faith communities coming together to initiate the healing of a fractured America. As a result, Interfaith efforts were instrumental in ending apartheid in South Africa and undergirding the Civil Rights movement in America.
Meanwhile, the panelists are personally engaged in creating civic actions to increase awareness and galvanize support for civic efforts among Christian Jewish sects and other communities to create change, racial justice, and equity. Their guest panelist consisted of Dr. Simran Jeet Singh, Executive Director of the Religion and Society program at the Aspen Institute, author of the national bestseller “The Light We Give: How Sikh Wisdom Can Transform your Life”, the reverend Dr.
Audrey Price who is the former executive minister for strategic operations with the southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ and she is now the deputy director at the Aspen institute of religion and society program, and Rabbi Joshua Stanton of East End people in New York City and co-founder of the Journal of Interreligious Studies, and remarks by Dr. Steele Kevin Kimble, CEO and President of the Southern Leadership Conference.
An increased awareness of racial justice is a focal point of the panelists. MMCA’s BIPOCXChange (BXC), a metaverse platform that, among other services, hosts events and distributes content for its 350+ Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) media members and their audiences. Faith leaders, journalists, commentators, podcasters, and other creatives have informed and relevant perspectives on racial equity, healing, and transformation.”
And, the progress of these efforts, obstacles to creating widespread and enduring change, and how, in these times of increased unrest, faith leaders have come together to confront racism and “interrogate religion’s role in making true racial justice a reality,” according to Reverend Dr. Audrey C. Price. The key takeaway from the discussion is that we are more alike than not alike.
Yet, does racial conflict and religious conflict have a financial benefit to media and journalism? Rabbi Stanton comments that there is a lot of press and media about what needs to be fixed in the interfaith communities, but more media coverage about the excellent work that comes from interfaith collaboration is required. Last, the final show segment is a call to action –cultivating ideas to improve efforts toward racial reconciliation.
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