Speak Up! Speak Out! Stay Woke! Youth Conference for Racial Healing
Dr. Catherine Meeks, Executive Director of the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta GA will be our guest speaker for the day. This event is sponsored by the Anti-Racism Commission of the Diocese. Lunch Provided - Free Parking Available.
This conference is designed to help youth and young adult leaders have a greater understanding of the importance of their voice and actions as advocates for racial healing.
A sought-after teacher and workshop leader, Dr. Meeks brings four decades of experience to the work of transforming the dismantling racism work in Atlanta. The core of her work has been with people who have been marginalized because of economic status, race, gender or physical ability as they pursue liberation, justice and access to resources that can help lead them to health, wellness and a more abundant life. This work grows out of her understanding of her call to the vocation of teacher as well as her realization that all of humanity is one family which God desires to unite.
Dr. Meeks is the retired Clara Carter Acree Distinguished Professor of Socio Cultural Studies from Wesleyan College and Founding Executive Director of the Lane Center for Community Engagement and Service as well as a midwife to the soul of her students and workshop participants. She has spent many years sharing the insights that she gained from her pursuit of the truth. She has had many great teachers including her sons, the Bible, Jungian psychology, cross cultural stories and other books of wisdom. But, her greatest teacher is rheumatoid arthritis because it has forced her to learn many new ways to listen to her body and to pay attention to the messages from her heart. She writes for Huffington Post, and is frequently asked to present commentaries on Georgia Public Radio and other radio and television programs. She is the author of six books and one inspirational CD, and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University and Ph.D from Emory University.