Informed and educated citizens are essential to a working democracy. To this end, Ypsilanti District Library and Washtenaw Faces Race present an evening conference of informative and thoughtful speakers who discuss how the issue of racism in the U.S. is currently and always has been entangled with threats against democracy. We invite you to attend this VIRTUAL community conversation.
Rescuing Democracy 2022 – Before it’s too late
Friday, May 13, 6-9pm
REGISTER AT http://tinyurl.com/wfr2022.
FLYER IS ATTACHED
The January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection signaled the resurgence of the type of overt white supremacy that characterized most of U.S. history. Its aftermath affirmed a right wing subversion of the democratic process, facilitating a shift toward autocracy.
America’s history of racism enables these threats. Our democratic ideals are in danger. Can we rescue them before it’s too late? PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Introduction and Overview
- La’Ron Williams, B.F.A., Racial Justice Educator and Professional Storyteller, co-founder of Washtenaw Faces Race. https://larontalk.blogspot.com/
What’s So Good About Democracy, Anyway?
- Kay Wade, Social Studies Curriculum Specialist, Ann Arbor Public Schools
Racism: Multi-Purpose Tool for Division and Conquest
- Vincent L. Hutchings, Ph.D., Diversity and Social Transformation Professor; Hanes Walton, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Political Science and Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan
KEYNOTE: White Supremacy, White Populism, and Christian Nationalism: Can Democracy Long Endure
- Peter J. Hammer, J.D., Ph.D., Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights; Professor of Law; A. Alfred Taubman Endowed Chair https://law.wayne.edu/profile/ar7084#definition-Biography
Affirming Inclusive Democracy: Resisting media disinformation
- Chuck Newman, Founder, Protectors of Equality in Government
Also featuring selections from the:
- 2022 Prisoner Creative Arts Exhibition
- Ypsilanti High School Choir