Racism and Racial Healing
Focusing on racism in the US, the recent events in Baltimore, and how we can work toward racial healing in the 21st century …
Rather than screen a feature-length documentary, we’ll watch snippets of multiple voices through YouTube, Vimeo and Vine. The speaker for the evening, Robert Zachary, “Zack”, from Asheville, NC will lead the conversation.
For more than five decades, Zack has been a foot soldier in the civil rights movement. Born in Anniston, Alabama 1949, he came up in the height of the Civil Rights Movement and became directly involved at age eleven. It was the fire-bombing of the Greyhound-Trailways Bus in his hometown on Mothers Day 1961 that ignited a life long determination to go forth for the causes of justice and freedom. Zachary attended Mass Meetings every Sunday night until going away to college. He met Martin L King in 1965, when King came to Anniston to speak at the 17th Street Baptist Church. He had family members who crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years ago as part of Bloody Sunday. Recently, Zachary returned to Alabama to commemorate the anniversary. Hell show a short film on his travels back to the deep south for the somber occasion.
Zachary is an activist, veteran and vegetarian, who combines life, music, poetry, history and storytelling in his presentations with positive and holistic perspectives of how “We gonna Win our Fight for Freedom, Justice and Peace.” His message is always Peace for humankind, the Earth and All Therein.